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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1480

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - I rise briefly to indicate that I think Senator James McClelland has rather narrowed the area of jurisdiction in regard to judges under section 1 19 of the Act. There is one area, of course, which must be dealt with by the Industrial Court- that is the controversial area of penalties which may be sought under section 33 of the legislation.

Senator James McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But you say there will not be any of those.

Senator GREENWOOD -Well, as I said, we do not think that this position where the Government 's undertakings to the union will prevail will be a very lasting situation. As the Act is now being amended, we hope that the Act will remain in this condition for some little time after honourable senators opposite cease to be the Government. I think it is only appropriate now that the matter is before us, to ease the way so that there is a continuing pattern upon which those who rely upon this Act can place their reliance. We have therefore moved the amendment which has been circulated.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Greenwood's amendment) be left out.

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