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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) . - The Government cannot accept the amendment. The clause follows a formula which is not uncommon in regard to tribunals of this kind. One of the complaints about these tribunals is that the proceedings are unduly prolonged when it is possible for the parties to be represented by counsel, solicitors or paid agents. It is to avoid the protraction of proceedings that the Government intends to prevent such persons from appearing before the tribunal.

Amendment negatived.

Clauseagreed to.

Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Clauses 56 to 64 agreed to.

New clause 11a.

Motion (by Mr. Dedman) agreed to -

That, after clause 11, the following new clause be inserted : - "11a.- (1.) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other section of this Act. where, in pursuance of Part IV. of the Coal Production (War-time) Act 1944, the Commissioner has issued an order authorizing any person (in this section referred to as 'the authorized controller') to exercise functions of control in respect of a coal mine in the State and that order is subsisting immediately prior to the date of the coming into operation, of this section, then, upon that date -

(a)   the order shall have effect as an order of the Board;

(b)   the authorized controller shall hold office subject to removal by the Boa rd :

(c)   any power, function, right, privilege, obligation or liability of the Commissioner arising from the order shall be transferred to the Board;

(d)   any power or function of the authorized controller shall be had or exercisable by him subject to the directions of the Board in pursuance of the State Act: and

(e)   any persons who are employed in or about the mine to which the order relates and who, in pursuance of that, Part have become officers or employees of the Commissioner, shall become officers or employees of the Board. " (2.) Nothing in this section shall affect any liability of the Commonwealth arising under section twenty-two of the Coal Production (War-time) Act 1944, in respect of anything done or suffered, prior to the date of the coming into operation of this section, under any order of the Commissioner under Part IV. of that Act."

Preamble and Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments ; report - by leave - adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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