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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister forWorks and Railways) . - I think the amendment would cover more than the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) has indicated. Under section 48, an organization, as a party to an award, is entitled to apply to the Court for an order to compel compliance with the award. Of course, the organization must apply through some officer, and the applicant would explain to the Court his authority for applying on behalf of the organization.What the amendment means is that the secretary, or some other officer, should have power to apply to the Court of his own volition, and apart from the organization. In other words, the officer is to be allowed to police an award, and every time he thinks something is wrong he may make application to the Court.

Mr Maxwell - If he only desires to do that at the instance of his organization, he has the power now..

Mr GROOM - Yes. The substance of what the honorable member for Hunter is seeking is already contained in the Act. We cannot give isolated individuals in a anion power to make application apart from the organization itself.

Mr.West. - A secretary, or officer, is a servant of the organization.

Mr GROOM - Yes, and the servant should only act at the instance of his organization. The amendment proposes that he may be independent of his organization. I urge the honorable member for Hunter not to press the amendment.

Proposed new clause negatived.

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