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Wednesday, 23 June 1926


Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I move-

That the following new clause be in serted : - 8 (a). " Section 27 of the principal act is amended by inserting after the word 'dispute ' the words ' or of any proceeding for the variation of an award.' "

This amendment can be accepted without in any way impairing the efficiency of the bill. Section 27 of the principal act reads -

On the hearing or determination of any industrial dispute an organization may be represented by a member or officer or any organization, and any party not being an organization may be represented by an employee of that party; but no party shall (except by the consent of all the parties) be represented by counsel or solicitor or paid agent.

That condition obtains when the original plaint is before the court, and it continues until an award has been given. But, as honorable senators know, application is sometimes made for the variation of an award. It will be admitted that the variation of an award is as important as the award itself, yet on such occasions the provisions of this section are not always adhered to. The proposed new section is merely to make these provisions operate when variations of awards are being dealt with, as well as when the original plaint is before the court. If, in the original hearing, no member of the legal profession is entitled to be present without the consent of both parties, the same conditions should apply when the court is dealing with variations of an award.







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