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Tuesday, 18 May 1965

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) .- I rise to express my appreciation of the action of Senator Murphy in giving me a copy of the judgment in the case Australasian Meat Industry Employers Union v. Thomas Playfair Pty. Ltd. I am most obliged to the honorable senator. In view of the decision of the Court in that case, I think it is most desirable that the provisions of section 123 and section 119 (3.) relate plainly to the recovery of wages accrued only in the 12 months before the commencement of proceedings. If the Court has found that no limitation is imposed under the existing law, it is quite time that the appropriate period of limitation was made clear. We have managed to get along with section 123 and the words in the latter part of section 119 (3.) up to the present, and they seem to me to indicate that the appropriate period is 12 months. As provision for that period is now explicitly being written into the Bill, I simply want to say that I wish to adopt it.

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