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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr ABBOTT (New England) . - Why can the Minister not accept the amendment? After all, Mr. Justice Davidson strongly recommended the preservation of the arbitration system. The Minister in charge of the bill (Mr. Dedman) has never told us whether the legislation to be introduced in the Parliament of New South Wales will be similar to this. I assume that if it is similar a provision for the creation of this trbunal will be contained in that legislation. If the State bill is amended in a manner similar to that proposed by the honorable member for Fawkner, the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction will be in an awkward spot. It seems to me only reasonable to carry out the recommendations of Mr. Justice Davidson, particularly as the Government always claims to be in favour of arbitration.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 45 agreed to.

Clause 46 - (4.) At any time before a decision has been made, or a settlement has been effected, by a Local Coal Authority in relation to any matter before it in pursuance of paragraph (a) of sub-section (1.) of this section, the Local Coal Authority is to have power, if it thinks fit to refer, and, if so requested by the Board or the Tribunal, is to refer, to the Tribunal the question whether any of the matters in dispute is or is not a local matter or is or is not a matter appropriate to be dealt with under this Part.

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