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Friday, 9 March 1928

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I did not offer any objection to the suspension of the Standing and Sessional Orders, because I realized that, in this instance there was some urgency; but I cannot allow the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Pearce) to shelter behind the motion of censure which was submitted in another place. The Government should have anticipated the possibility of such a position arising. It knew that the Public Service Arbitrator was approaching the end of his term, and in these circumstances should have introduced the bill in sufficient time to enable it to be passed without the suspension of the Standing and Sessional Orders. I objected to the Government's proposal to place public servants under a special tribunal, as I thought that they shouldcomeunder our general arbitration system. Parliament, however, decided otherwise, and from what I have seen and heard of the working of the court, I believe that it is operating to the satisfaction of those concerned. As I understand the only object of the hill is to make the term for which Mr. Hunt is to he reappointed synchronize with the date of his retirement from the Service, I have no objection to offer to it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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