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Wednesday, 23 June 1926

Senator McLACHLAN (South Australia) . - Some misapprehension exists in the mind of Senator Barnes. This provision has no connexion with the ordinary plaint that is heard by the Arbitration Court. The proposed new section 18b provides that the Attorney-General, on behalf of the Commonwealth, may, by giving to the registrar a notice in writing of his intention so to do, intervene in the public interest in any proceeding before the court in which the question of standard hours of work in any industry or of the basic wage is in dispute. Sub-section 2 provides for thepublicationof the notice inthe Gazette.Only in those circumstances may the court allow any person, or organization, or association of employers or employees, to appear before it and be heard. Senator Barnes' contention, therefore, goes by the board.It is fit and proper that every member of the public should have the right to be heard when the questions of standard hours and the basic wage are in dispute, because those matters are vital to the economic lite of the community.

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