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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - I hope the honorable member for Wilmot (Mr. Atkinson) will not insist on the amendment. The honorable member, I am sure, does not appreciate the functions of the Council, which are not t'o determine the price of commodities or the wages of workers ; their decisions will have nothing to do with prices. What the public is concerned about is that industrial peace shall prevail ; and these Councils, at any rate, will tend to promote harmony between the two sections which disturb industrial peace. When we come to deal with the Special Tribunal something may be said of the general public, although I say at once that the general public, will be represented, and freely and fully 'represented, by the chairman.

Amendment negatived.

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