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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 1006

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - The Opposition has reservations about this, but recognises that until the issue of the Superior Court of Australia is resolved the Government is in a difficulty. This is one way of resolving the difficulty. I only say, by way of explaining our attitude, that the general view which the Opposition has is that as far as possible we ought to have one system of courts which involves the Supreme Courts of the States being the places in which offences against an Act of this character ought to be prosecuted. That is the Opposition's view, as against the Superior Court concept which is advanced by the Government. I imagine that, if the Superior Court proposal were to be abandoned by the Government or not accepted by the Parliament, consideration would have to be given to whether the Industrial Court is the appropriate court for these proceedings to be instituted in. I state these facts at the present time to indicate the broad outlook which the Opposition has to this amendment. We do not oppose it in the circumstances.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Murphy) agreed to:

Add the following sub-clause:

(3)   The jurisdiction of the Australian Industrial Court by virtue of this section is exclusive of the jurisdiction of other courts to the extent to which the jurisdiction of the Superior Court of Australia under this Act is expressed to be so exclusive. '

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 169 to 171- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Postponed clause 47.

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