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Tuesday, 4 May 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) . - I understand that a contingent notice of motion hasbeen given covering the Judiciary Bill, but I cannot understand what affinity there is between that measure and the moratorium.

Mr McWilliams - We can get it in.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I think the question of relevancy will arise, and if I were in the honorable member's place 1 would adopt some other course than that which he now proposes.

I agree that something will need to be done soon to relieve the industrial arbitration congestion, or we had better give up the ghost. The fundamental basic reason for these delays is that we have not an arbitration Court, but a law Court. Instead of the Court giving decisions by and large, and adjudging what is a fair thing as between arbitrators, matters are argued as if lives were at stake. Something will need to be done to simplify the procedure and enable cases to be dealt with much more speedily. The Government are not losing sight of the congestion, and' I hope something will soon be dope to try to relieve it. I understand the main trouble is that we have not enough Justices to undertake the work, and if the Court is to continue,I dare say it will be necessary to appoint some more.

Mr McWilliams - Let us follow the example of Queensland, and appoint a layman as President of the Arbitration Court.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - One of the most successful arbitrators we have had in Australia was a layman who presided over a Court in Newcastle.

The first business to-morrow will be the moving of the second reading of the Oil

Agreement Bill, and then I should like to get one or two rather pressing financial Bills through. Unless we get some appropriation soon we shall not have enough money in the till for the payment of war and old-age pensions.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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