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Friday, 13 August 1920

Mr BRENNAN (Batman) .- Personally I am rather inclined to share the view that Acts of Parliament must be backed up by, or based on, penalties as the last resort; but I suggest to the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) that it cannot be sufficient to adopt the penalties provided in the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. For instance, there is nothing in that Act or rules relating to the Commonwealth Council, District Councils, or the non-appearance of witnesses. I suggest that, before the Bill comes back to us, he should intimate the penalties he proposes in respect of every offence or potential offence under the Bill not provided for in the Conciliation and Arbitration Act? Then, I ask him also to remember that to myself, and, I think, to every honorable member on this side, it is repugnant that severe penalties should be provided for, and the imposition of them left to regulations which we do not see.

Mr Hughes - That provision will be struck out.

Mr BRENNAN - If the Prime Minister will strike out the imposition of penalties by means of regulations, and adopt, as far as possible, the penalties prescribed by the Arbitration Act, I shall be satisfied.

Amendment agreed to.

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