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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr CLAREY (Bendigo) .- Clause 6 reads as follows: -

Section fifty-four of the Principal Act is repealed.

Section 54 of the principal act states -

The Commission shall not include in an award a provision requiring a person claiming the benefit of the award to notify his employer that he is a member of an organization bound by the award.

That section prohibits what is now known as the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission from inserting in any order or award a provision that an employee must notify his employer that he is a member of an organization. At a later stage, I shall move that clause 6 be omitted. 1 am hopeful that, when I have completed my case on this point, the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Holt) will indicate that the Government will accept that amendment. So that the committee will understand why section 54 was inserted in the principal act, I shall refer to the provision in the Constitution on which the Conciliation and Arbitration Act is based.

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