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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - The honorable member's purpose would be better served by substituting the words " a majority of members."

Mr Charlton - I accept that suggestion, and ask leave to withdraw my amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment (by Mr. Hughes) agreed to-

That the words " the prescribed number " be left out, and the words " a majority " inserted in lieu thereof.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 11 -

The powers and functions of a District Council shall include the following: -

(a)   To inquire into any industrial matter brought before it by a member, or referred to it by the Commonwealth Council or by any employers or employees or association of employers or employees;

(b)   to confer with any persons or associations as to any matters affecting the prevention or settlement of industrial disputes;

(d)   to summon any person before the Dis trict Council or a Committee thereof for the purpose of conference or of giving evidence;

Amendment (by Mr. Charlton) proposed -

That in paragraph (a) the words " or employees or association of employers or employees " be left out with a view to inserting in lieu thereof the words " or association of employers or recognised organization of employees."

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