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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1314

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - 1 think once again I can refer only to the principal Act, which seems to me to impose very substantial strictures. I repeat that subsection (1.) of section 13 provides:

In relation to every claim or application made to him in pursuance of this Act, the Arbitrator or a Deputy Arbitrator shall act according to equity, good conscience and the substantial merits of the case, without regard to technicalities or legal forms, and shall not be bound by any rules of evidence, but may inform his mind on any matter in such manner as he thinks fits.

I am afraid that, as much as I wish to do so, I cannot help Senator Brown any more than that. That is an extremely wide provision which gives great discretion but imposes extreme strictures on the Arbitrator.

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