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Friday, 3 September 1920

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I can see no objection to the proposed new clause. The Minister's statement evaded the real issue. Under the State Arbitration Acts provision is made for the appointment of inspectors, whose duty it is to police awards.

Mr McDonald - Queensland has inspectors under the Arbitration Act.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes ; not under the Factories Act, as the Minister stated. I will state a case which illustrates the necessity for policing awards. Inspectors one day entered the premises of a big city firm, whose employees were covered by an Arbitration Court award, and found that no seats had been provided for the female .shop assistants. They were not aware that they were entitled under the award to that accommodation, but when the inspectors pointed out to the employer and to the assistants that the award required seats to be provided, that was immediately done. That instance shows that very often employees aTe not aware of the conditions of an award.

Mr Cunningham - Even if 'they were, and made complaint, they would probably be discharged.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is so. There is a necessity for the appoint ment by the Commonwealth of paid inspectors, whose duty shall be to see that effect is given to the provisions of an award.

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