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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and. Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) ". - The best explanation that I can make is that the clause means what it says. If, in consequence of a dispute in this industry, a competent court orders men to resume work and they refuse to do so, then, as [ understand the position, the court dealing with the matter will he able to impose certain penalties: I do not say that disciplinary action might take the form of inflicting a fine, or that a direction given by the Arbitration Court, or some similarly constituted body, could be construed as industrial conscription. The power to exert pressure on workers to continue to work regularly is provided iri another clause. For instance, the board is to have power to exclude any person from working in the industry, and presumably one of the reasons for doing so would be that he had failed to work regularly, or had persistently absented himself for long periods from his work without proper cause.

Clause agreed to.

Part IV. - CONTROL op Coal Mines.

Division I. - Power of Board to take Control of Mines.

Clauses 19 to 27.

Amendment (by Mr. Dedman) agreed to-

That Part IV., comprising clauses 19 to 27 be left out.

Clause 28 agreed to.

Clause 29- (7.) There shall be credited to the Coal Industry Fund all moneys becoming payable to the board other than moneys payable to the funds specified in sub-sections (2.), (4.) and (6.) of this section. (9.) The moneys standing to the credit of the Coal Industry Fund shall be applied in meeting any expenditure incurred under this Act and under the State Act (including any allocations to the ' Welfare Fund and to . the Workers' Compensation Fund) other than expenditure specified in sub-sections (3.) and (S.) of this section and expenditure prescribed under sub-section (8.) of this section.

Amendment (by Mr. Dedman) proposed -

That, in sub-section (7.) the. figure " (6.) " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof, the figure " (5.) ".

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