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Wednesday, 9 November 1921

Senator BENNY (South Australia) . - The clause seems to be a most comprehensive one. Sub-clause 1 provides that any officer shall be entitled to be represented by counsel at a Board of Inquiry or Appeal Board. The second sub-clause states that it is the duty of tho Board of Inquiry or Appeal Board to have no regard to legal forms and solemnities. The third sub-clause applies only to the Appeal Board, and naturally the discretion to order the appellant to pay costs would not be vested in the Board of Inquiry, because it is a preliminary Board. The clause is perfectly clear as it stands.'

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