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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr COSTA (Banks) .- The replyby the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Townley) in regard to trivial charges is that they are only trivial matters. The argument used by the Government from time to time is that if this right of appeal were granted in respect of trivial matters it would clog up tribunals, and there would be no end to the cases to be heard by them. L believe that if the right of appeal were granted in these cases fewer trivial charges would bc laid against employees. That alone would obviously regulate the position, and there would be less need for appeals. I do not consider that the purported analogy submitted by the honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Bowden) in respect of the Labour government's legislation establishing conciliation commissioners, is a good one. We are against all appeals from the decisions of conciliation commissioners.

Mr Bowden - I am in favour of them.

Mr COSTA - We are against them. As the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. O'Connor) said, it is no use appealing from Caesar to Caesar. The honorable- memberfort Dalley (Mr. O'Connor) said that it is in the nature of appealing from Caesar to

Caesar, but that is what happens in conciliation and arbitration. Another consideration is that that affects a vast body of men, en masse, whereas this involves the civil rights of the individual. I believe that the honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Bowden) is confusing two jurisdictions. One is in the arbitration field and the other is in the. civil field, and I claim that there is no analogy between the two.

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