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Friday, 27 August 1920


Mr MCGRATH (Ballarat) .- From what I can gather, both under the amendment of the Minister and that of the honorable member for West Sydney, the Judge of the Arbitration Court will have to decide whether or. not the terms of any award should be varied. But honorable members opposite profess to be anxious that unionists should have resort to the Arbitration Court. If the amendment of the Minister be adopted, the Judge of that Court may decide that abnormal circumstances have arisen in connexion with a particular industrial dispute, and this decision may lead to endless appeals. Litigation will thus be protracted, whereas, under the amendment of the honorable member for West Sydney, the Judge of the Arbitration Court would merely require to give his decision and the whole matter would be finalized. In the former case, the procedure may cost unions thousands of pounds in connexion with appeals which may be lodged. If honorable members opposite are sincere in their desire that unionists shall avail themselves of the Arbitration Court, they will vote for the amendment of the honorable member . for West Sydney. I am satisfied that there is a number of honorable members opposite, who, whilst desiring to be loyal to the Government, wish to encourage unionists to resort to the Court.







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