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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) .- Mr. Chairman,I move -

At the end of the clause add the following subclause: - " (2.) A person who is a director of a company shall not be appointed as a member, and a member shall not accept appointment as or act as director of a company.".

This amendment would make in respect of members of the Trade Practices Tribunal the same provision as that made by the Bill in respect of the Commissioner of Trade Practices. This seemed to us to be a proper provision to make in a bill providing for a standing tribunal of members appointed for periods of up to seven years. However, as the Committee has indicated since my amendment was circulated that it believes that the Tribunal should be composed of part time members it is plain that the Committee would deliver the same decision on this amendment. Accordingly, I put no further arguments in support of it. I imagine that the Committee can express its view of the amendment on the voices.

Amendment negatived.

Clause negatived.

Clause 18. (1.) Except as otherwise provided by this Act, the Tribunal shall, for the purpose of hearing and determining proceedings, be constituted by a Division of the Tribunal consisting of a presidential member and two members who are not presidential members. (4.) The validity of a determination or order of the Tribunal purporting to be constituted by one or more members in accordance with this Act shall not be affected or called in question by reason of any defect or irregularity in the constitution of the Tribunal by that member or those members.

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