Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr BLAKELEY (Darling) .- I move -

That the words " Governor-General " be omitted, with a view to' insert in lieu thereof the words " President of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration."

My desire is to make the council subordinate, and not superior, to the Arbitration Court. As I stated in my secondreading speech, power is given to Special Tribunals to override the Court immediately a decision has been given.

Mr Hughes - This has nothing to do with the Special Tribunals. .

Mr BLAKELEY - If the clause is passed in its present form it will simply mean that the' Judge in Arbitration will refuse to carry on. This is supposed to be a conciliatory measure, and, therefore, its provisions should not be in conflict with those in the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act. Personally, 1 would have preferred an amendment of that Act rather than a special Bill to deal with the question. We are now discussing a measure to provide for the appointment of Special Industrial Tribunals.In all probability we shall be amending the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act next week, and I should like to know why this provision cannot be incorporated in the amending measure the Government intend introducing. I have moved this amendment to see whether the Committee are in favour of the tribunals being subordinate to the Arbitration Court. If we give the President of the Arbitration Court power to establish the' Council of Industrial Representatives it will establish the principle that the Tribunals are subordinate to the Court and not apart from it.

Suggest corrections