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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr HOLT (Fawkner) .- I move -

That sub-clause (5.) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following subclause: - " (5.) The Tribunal may, if it thinks fit, exercise any of the powers specified in this section notwithstanding that the matter is one which it determines is a local matter."

Clause 42 deals with the power of the coal tribunal to which I have just referred, but a limitation is placed upon the power of the central coal authority. If we establish a central tribunal over which a judge will preside, a limitation should not be placed upon the capacity of the tribunal to deal with any matter, even a local matter. In the main, it will permit local matters to be dealt with by the local board, but, occasionally, a matter might arise which, although ' it appears to be local, contains such an important question of principle that the central board decides to deal with it. The amendment will remove the limitation on the capacity of the central authority, strengthen it, and avoid the danger of the determinations to which I have referred spreading to other industries. I am convinced that it will give a better result.

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