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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4548

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   On which occasions has the Industrial Registrar granted a request by the committee, of management of a branch of an organisation for an election to be conducted under section 170 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act for the election of delegates to represent that branch at an annual conference being the governing or rule making body of the organisation.

(2)   Are these delegates officers of (a) the branch or (b) the organisation.

(3)   On how many occasions has the Minister determined that portion of the expenses connected with the kind of election referred to in (1) above be borne by the Commonwealth in accordance with section 170A(6.) of the Act.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) Branch delegates on the governing or rule-making body of an organisation under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act are officers of the organisation. The Act does not authorise a branch committee of management to request that an election for an office in the organisation be conducted under section 170. Consequently, the Industrial Registrar cannot grant a request by a branch committee of management for the election of such delegates to be conducted under section 170 and there is no basis for the operation of section 170A(6) of the Act.

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