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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) (1:18 AM) . - I should make reference to the point made by my honorable friend. At clause 104 he is my friend more so than he was at clause 54.

Mr Whitlam - He has been told off in the meantime.

Mr SNEDDEN - No, he has not. He has acted at all times of his own volition and after making his own examination of the Bill. He has put a great deal of effort into it, for which I compliment him. The point I wish to make to the honorable gentleman is that under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act there is a requirement for the President to report, but there is no provision for somebody comparable with the Commissioner of Trade Practices to report. A person who would stand in that stead would be the Registrar appointed under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. He would not be able to report as adequately as would the President.

The President of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission has a very real administrative service to perform because he has half a dozen presidential members and, I think, 14 commissioners to assign. A whole range of matters come before the Industrial Registrar which it is desirable for the Parliament to have a report about. The only applicable person under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act can be the President, whereas in this case the applicable person is the Commissioner because only the Commissioner can take matters to the

Tribunal. The Commissioner knows every matter that is before the Tribunal and will be able in his report to say what matters are before it. Equally, the Commissioner would be the appropriate person to report because he will have engaged in the consultations and will have control of and be charged with the responsibility of maintaining the Register.

Proposed new clause negatived.

Clause 105.

The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters that are required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed or are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act and, in particular, for -

(a)   prescribing matters in connexion with the procedure of the Tribunal, and fees and expenses of witnesses in proceedings before the Tribunal;

(b)   prescribing matters in connexion with access to documents held by the Registrar, and the issue of certified copies of such documents;

(c)   requiring any document furnished or used for the purposes of this Act to be verified by statutory declaration; and

(d)   prescribing fees to be paid to the Registrar.

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