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Wednesday, 8 September 1920

Mr MAKIN (Hindmarsh) .- I support the amendment. I have had 60nl e experience of the value of such a provision in connexion with Tribunals appointed to adjust wages and conditions in the railway service in South Australia. There the employees and the Government are represented by assessors who are in a position to give advice upon technical matters to the adjudicator. I differ from the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor) as to the wisdom of giving assessors a vote. I am disposed to think that it would be better that thesors appointed should have the power to exercise a vote.

Mr Maxwell - That would destroy the very principle of arbitration by making a man a Judge in his own case.

Mr MAKIN - Not necessarily.

Mr Maxwell - The assessor representing the employees would vote for them every time.

Mr MAKIN - He would not be able to decide any question . alone. Every question would have to be decided by a majority of the Tribunal. f I think that the wisdom of giving assessors the right to vote merits consideration.

Mr Maxwell - If we gave the assessors the right to vote, does the honorable member think that the representatives of the employer and employee would ever be found in agreement?

Mr Groom - If they were there would be no need for an appeal to the Arbitrator.

Mr Maxwell - Exactly, and if they were not, the Arbitrator would decide tlie matter every time.

Mr MAKIN - I quite understand that it would probably amount to the same thing, but there might be means by which a unanimous decision could be arrived at. I consider that a provision for the appointment of assessors would be an improvement upon the Bill.

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