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Thursday, 12 August 1920


Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister for Works and Railways) . - I ask the honorable member forFawkner (Mr. Maxwell) not to press his amendment, as he will see from the context that it is perfectly clear that the GovernorGeneral may appoint a Special Tribunal for settling any industrial dispute or disputes. The word " industrial " is the adjective covering both dispute and disputes.


Mr Maxwell - We already have a definition of " industrial disputes " in the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act.


Mr GROOM - Yes, " industrial disputes " is defined in that Act, and the clause covers a single dispute or more.


Mr Maxwell - The object of appointing a Special Tribunal is for the prevention and settlement of any industrial dispute or disputes and nothing else.


Mr GROOM - Exactly, and the clause covers that.


Mr Maxwell - Or for the settlement of disputes.


Mr GROOM - For the prevention or settlement of disputes which have arisen or which may arise in any industry.


Mr Maxwell - Is there a distinction between the settlement of industrial disputes and the settlement of disputes?


Mr GROOM - The latter portion of the clause deals with the prevention of disputes which have arisen or which may arise in any industry.


Mr Maxwell - My amendment is for the prevention of and settlement of any industrial dispute or disputes.


Mr GROOM - I think the honorable member will find it would be better to leave the clause in its present form. A dispute may arise which may be either a single dispute or a series of disputes, and for that purpose a Special Tribunal may be appointed to settle a dispute or disputes. The latter portion of the clause is for dealing with disputes which may arise in an industry, and it is for that reason that the draftsman has drawn up the clause in its present form. I ask the honorable member not to press his amendment, and I will refer it to the draftsman for his consideration.







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