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Wednesday, 23 June 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I thank the Minister for his promise that the Government will consider this matter when, perhaps, a further amendment of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act is introduced. Still, I consider the new clause I have submitted so reasonable and necessary, that it should be accepted. I understood the Minister to admit that there have been some cases in which legal gentlemen have appeared without the consent of both parties to the dispute.

Senator Pearce - No; I do not know of any.

Senator NEEDHAM - Some such cases have occurred, otherwise I would not have proposed this new clause. This part of the act requires to be tightened up. The principle involved in my clause is admitted by both parties to industrial disputes. It would not take more than twenty minutes for another place to consider it, and its insertion in the bill would not delay its passage. Honorable members on this side regard this as an urgent measure, and are endeavouring to assist the Government to pass it. Whilst I appreciate the remarks of the Minister, I feel compelled to test the feeling of the committee on this proposed new clause.

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