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Tuesday, 7 December 1965


Mr KILLEN (Moreton) .- I think my friend, the honorable member for Fremantle (Mr. Beazley) on reflection will agree that his comparison between clause 50 and the provisions relating to the basic wage are not on all fours. We are dealing with two entirely different bodies. During the honorable gentleman's absence, the current running through all my complaints has been that here we have an administrative tribunal which is made up of a presidential member, who is a judge, and two lay members. They decide an issue on the basis of a majority. However, in the determination of the basic wage, we do not have precisely the same circumstances.


Mr Beazley - I was not talking about basic wage determinations. I was talking about arbitration procedures.


Mr KILLEN - That is possibly so. but I venture to put to my honorable friend that nowhere in the guide lines - to use an expression that has now come into our lexicon - would we find any reference to small businesses, industrial know-how, exporters, proprietors and investors. These are all vague labels and it is impossible for any two people to agree on their interpretation. This is why I believe that clause 50, being so vague, will open up the machinery to a great deal of difficulty in determination.







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