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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1808

Mr LYNCH (Flinders) - This is a machinery clause to amend the table of contents in section 3 of the Act and is necessary because Part X is to be repealed by clause 67. I simply want to state that the Opposition is completely opposed to the repealing of Part X of the Act which makes this amendment consequential. Part X, of course, makes provision for industrial agreements for the prevention and settlement of industrial disputes by conciliation and arbitration. Although it is fair to say that this is a section in the legislation which has not been resorted to on a number of occasions, it provides for parties to make agreements to be followed in the event of a dispute.

I would ask the Minister for Labour (Mr Clyde Cameron) to clarify for the edification of the Committee what purpose will be served by the repeal of Part X because the Opposition does not see any real justification for the proposal before the Committee. In fact, if the Minister were to read, as I mentioned during the comae of my speech in the second reading stage of this Bill, the eighth, ninth and tenth annual reports of the President of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, he would see that the President emphasised the value of Part X and urged both of the principal parties - the employers and the trade unions - to seek to make more extensive use of that part of the legislation for the prevention and settlement of industrial disputes, particularly those in relation to over-award payments. If the Minister believes, as he may well now contend, that these agreements can in fact be so registered elsewhere, he might also inform the Committee of the reasons why the President of the Commission made that observation.

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