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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1314

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - I will attempt to elucidate this matter for Senator Bishop. I have read out twice section 13 of the principal Act and I do not think it is necessary for me to read it out again. It applies to orders under the proposed new section 12d because those orders are made in pursuance of applications under the Act. Thus the Arbitrator must act in accordance with equity, good conscience, and so on, in terms of the general strictures contained in section 13. I have some general observations about the proposed new section 12d. In respect of sub-section (l.)(a), when the Arbitrator has been notified of the existence of or the likely occurrence of an industrial situation he or a Deputy

Arbitrator shall call a conference of the representatives of the Public Service Board, the employing departments and the appropriate Commonwealth authorities affected, as well as the organisations affected. The provision specifically states that this conference shall be called forthwith so that the matter may receive immediate attention.

In respect of sub-section (l.)(b), at any stage of the conference or at its conclusion the Arbitrator or a Deputy Arbitrator may make such orders as he thinks necessary or desirable to put an end to or to prevent the occurrence of an industrial situation or such other orders as he thinks necessary by reason of the existence or likely occurrence of the situation. I think that comment is about as much as we can usefully employ at present. The rest of the comments with which I have been supplied are rather lengthy.

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