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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr HOLT (Fawkner) .- I move -

That the following new sub-clause be added : - " (6.) An appeal shall lie to the Tribunal in manner prescribed from any award or order made by a Local Coal Authority ".

The right of appeal was in the original regulations. There has been dissatisfaction by both parties to these disputes that no appeal lies from a decision of the local authority. Frequently, matters dealt with by the local tribunal raise questions of principle which the central authority ought to decide. There have been many cases in which dissatisfaction with the decision of the local tribunal has led to strikes, because those dissatisfied could not take that matter on appeal to the central authority. There have been some remarkable somersaults bythe local tribunals. They have given decisions and strikes have occurred. Then two or three days later they have reversed their decisions because of the pressure applied by the strike weapon. That has led to more strikes. I think better work would result if there were the right of appeal from local tribunals to the central tribunal. The central tribunal would not necessarily grant leave to appeal, but it would hear the claim for the right to state an appeal and decide whether the appeal was justified. In that way there would be protection against frivolous or vexatious appeals.

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