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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr STOKES (Maribyrnong) .- To go back to where we started from, this amendment moved by my friend the honorable member for Isaacs (Mr. Haworth) arises from the fact that in our earlier consideration of sub-clause (2.) of clause 10 we found it stated that a person shall not be appointed as a presidential member unless he is or has been a barrister or solicitor of not less than five years' standing. Under sub-clause (2.) the persons appointed, other than presidential members, must exhibit to the Governor-General that they have had knowledge of or experience in industry, commerce or public administration. It is because clause 10 has been accepted in that form that I accept this amendment. As this provision now stands it would be possible to have a presidential member with no business experience whatsoever, a man with knowledge of industry but no experience and a member with knowledge of commerce or public administration and yet no experience. This could result in many difficulties. To understand, to have a fellow feeling or to properly adjudicate - in other words to judge one's peers - there needs to be a leavening of industrial and commercial experience in these tribunals. I strongly urge the Attorney-General to consider accepting this amendment which will ensure that at least one member of the divisional tribunal is a man with the necessary experience.

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