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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1489

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - The Opposition opposes clause 62. It is a clause which, I say with respect to the Government, ought not to be in this Bill, for 2 reasons. Clause 62 seeks to repeal section 153a of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. Section 153a was inserted in the Act last year. Section 153a requires that organisations shall, in accordance with the prescribed form, lodge with the Registrar particulars of financial institutions with which deposits of moneys have been made by them. As I have already said, clause 62 seeks to repeal that section.

Clause 62 should not be in the Bill, firstly, because the Minister for Labour (Mr Clyde Cameron) has indicated that he was removing from this Bill all sections relating to penalties. Section 1 53a is a section of the Act which is in the Act as an aid to enforcement if there should be the imposition of penalties and a question arises as to how to obtain enforcement of the order which has been made. The second reason why the clause should not be in the Bill is that the section is a section which ought to remain in the legislation in any event. It is a necessary requirement for the obtaining of particulars of banks and other institutions in which funds may have been deposited. It should be retained. I am firmly of the view that it is a provision which is ancillary to an enforcement provision. If we are to have enforcement provisions, for my part we have to have the provisions whereby we can properly enforce them. If we are to drop the enforcement provisions there will be no need for things like this. But I do not believe that we can have a middle course. For those 2 reasons I certainly believe that this clause should be opposed.

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