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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) .-While this amendment has been discussed, there have been several references to the appointment, of Chairmen of Boards, but as I understand it, the amendment has no reference to the Chairmen.

Mr Blakeley - I think the honorable member was himself responsible for getting away from the amendment.

Mr BRUCE - I had no desire to enter the realms of talk about Chairmen on this particular clause, which provides for the 'appointment of Tribunals. The question for consideration is whether the Government ot some other authority shall make these appointments. Personally, I prefer that the matter should be left in the hands of the Government, and not, as has been suggested, the President of the Arbitration Court, because the particular disputes we have in contemplation at the moment when proclaiming the need for this class of legislation are such as cannot get before the Arbitration Court or affect people who refuse to go to that Court. In these circumstances it would not be very suitable to place in the hands of the President of the Arbitration Court the power to appoint Special Tribunals. While I am prepared to vote for the provision as it appears in the Bill, I reiterate my statement tint if the Government propose to create Special Tribunals, except in very special circumstances, and practically leave the Arbitration Court with nothing to do, creating such a position that the Judge will not continue in hia office, it will be a breach of faith on their part in face of the assurance given by the Prime Minis1ter (Mr. Hughes) to-night.

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