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Thursday, 12 August 1920


Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . -Ican- not accept the amendment, because it would mean that either party could convene meetings of the Council, whether there were need for them or not, and at any time they pleased. These representatives will receive fees, and it is obvious what the giving of this power might lead to. I am willing to agree, however, to give the power to convene meetings to a majority of the Council.


Mr Charlton - I agree to that.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment (by Mr. Hughes) agreed to-

That the words " the prescribed number " be omitted, with a view to inserting in lieu thereof the words " a majority of."

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses7 and 8 agreed to.

Clause 9 -

(2)   A District Council shall consist of a Chairman and an even number of other members.

(3)   The Chairman shall be appointed by the Governor-General.

(4)   Of the members other than the Chairman, one-half shall be representative of employers and one-half shall be representative of employees.

(5)   The members representative of employers and of employees respectively shall be appointed or elected in the prescribed manner. .

Amendments (by Mr. Charlton) agreed to -

That the following words be inserted in sub-clause 2 after the word "number": - " (not less than six nor more than eight)."

That after the word " be," in sub-clause A, the words " chosen by agreement between the representatives of employers and employees, or in default of agreement shall be " be inserted.

Amendment (by Mr. Hughes) agreed to-

That in sub-clause 4, after the word " of " last occurring, the words " recognised organizations of " be inserted.

Amendment (by Mr. Charlton) agreed to-

That in sub-clause 5 the words " employees respectively shall be appointed or elected in the prescribed manner " be omitted, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " recognised organizations of employees respectively shall bo recommended for appointment in the prescribed manner by the respective employers and organizations of employees."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 10-

Sittings of a District Council shall be convened by the chairman when he thinks fit, or at the request of the Minister, or of the prescribed number of members.

Amendment (by Mr. Charlton) proposed -

That the words "the prescribed number of members " be left out with a view to inserting in lieu thereof the words " one-half of the members of the Council, irrespective of the chairman."







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