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Wednesday, 9 November 1921

Senator SENIOR - In sub-clause 2 of clause 55, reference is made to the duty of " the Board of Inquiry or Appeal Board." This clause deals with officers of the first and second divisions, as does clause 54. I am afraid there will not be sufficient clarity when these clauses have to be interpreted. It will be necessary to strike out the words " or Appeal Board," because the Appeal Board is the Minister, and the Board of Inquiry is simply the Board that reports to the Minister. An alteration in the verbiage is certainly needed.

Senator Benny - Clause 55 provides that it shall be the duty of the Board of Inquiry or Appeal Board to make a thorough investigation without regard to legal forms and solemnities.

Senator SENIOR - Clause 53 gives no power to appellants in the lower divisions to be represented by counsel. Subclause 3 of clause 55 provides that, if an Appeal Board is of opinion that an appeal is frivolous or vexatious, it may recommend to the Board of Commissioners that the appellant be required to pay such sum as it thinks fit. Does that apply to the Board of Inquiry?

Senator Drake-Brockman - No.

Senator SENIOR - I wish the functions of the Appeal Board to be easily distinguishable from those of the Board of Inquiry.

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