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Friday, 13 August 1920

Mr MARKS (Wentworth) .- I am inclined to agree with the Acting Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Charlton). Fines are foreign to the atmosphere of conciliation. It is my intention to suggest the insertion of a new clause, as follows : -

No sitting of any Council, Special Tribunal, Conference, or Local Board constituted in the terms of this Act shall be held in any room furnished as a Court or judicial chamber.

I do not know whether that is couched in correct parliamentary phrasing, but it sufficiently indicates my intention. It is important, to my mind, to preserve the atmosphere of conciliation. When men are brought into a Court and see the bench, the bar table, and the witnessbox, they all suggest a legal quarrel, and that is a factor I should like to remove from the consideration of differences under this Bill.

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