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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1807

Mr LYNCH (Flinders) - This clause seeks to amend that section of the Act which describes the objectives of the Act. The Opposition has no real objection to this section but I must observe, without dealing with the issue at any great length because of the question of time, that the subsequent clauses of this Bill in fact render the objects of the Act quite meaningless. If the Minister for Labour (Mr Clyde Cameron) had been in any way consistent he would have sought to repeal sub-section (d) of section 2 which reads: to provide for the observance and enforcement of agreements and awards made in settlement of industrial disputes.

I simply wish to observe at this stage that the major terms of the legislation before the Committee with which we will be dealing later in the Committee stage make it impossible for the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission to provide for the observance of awards and to ensure that the terms of awards are enforceable. In other words, we are saying to the Government that its retention of this provision makes the balance of the Bill a complete sham.

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