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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister for Works and Railways) . - At the present time if any doubt or difficulty arises in connexion with an award, the Court has no power to interpret that award. We desire that in case of doubt as to the meaning of any clause or clauses of an award the Court may have power to interpret it.

Mr Maxwell - To say exactly what it means.

Mr GROOM - Yes. Some expression in an award may be ambiguous. In any ease, it is to the interest of all parties concerned that the interpretation of an award shall be as easy and as expeditious as possible. I therefore move -

That the following new clause be added: - " 12a. Section 38 of the principal Act is amended by inserting at the end of paragraph (c) thereof the words'and to give an interpretation of any term of an existing award;'".

Proposed new clause agreed to.

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