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Friday, 27 August 1920

Mr RICHARD FOSTER (Wakefield) . - Now that the Minister has consented to delete the word " abnormal," I desire some restriction left. . I fear that ' to delete " fundamental " would give a direct invitation and inducement to the men to appeal to the Court for, perhaps, 3d. a day extra.

Mr Maxwell - Do you think " fundamental " will frighten them away from the Court?

Mr RICHARD FOSTER - I have always been convinced that in our Industrial Court there should be no lawyers at all. I may say that until I heard the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Ryan), the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Maxwell) , and the Minister this afternoon, I thought I knew the meaning of the word "fundamental."

Mr Ryan - Would you be good enough to explain the difference between " fundamental " justice and "abnormal" justice ?

Mr RICHARD FOSTER - The honorable member is putting the words in the wrong setting. I should infinitely prefer to substitute " substantial" for "fundamental," because the former is a word which everybody understands. The object is to give an opportunity to men to apply for a variation when they have 'substantial reasons - when circumstances arise that affect the value or the justice of a previous award.




Question - That the word " abnormal " be left out - resolved in the affirmative.

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