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Tuesday, 12 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - If Senator McDougall had paid attention to what I have already said, he would have known that this Bill provides for the very difficulty that he has pointed out.

Senator McDougall - The Bill makes it worse; that is what I say.

Senator McGREGOR - The honorable senator does not understand the measure, or he would not say so. He complains that the farriers in New South Wales are not receiving the wages and conditions allowed by an award of the Arbitration Court. But under clause 15 of this Bill the Court can give an award even if it conflicts with a Commonwealth Act or regulation, and that award will have the force of law if it is not objected to by Parliament. The farriers referred to could form an association under this Bill, and could appeal to the Court. They could get an award for wages other than those stipulated in the Public Service Act. That would be an indication to Parliament that the Act ought to be amended.

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