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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr STOKES (Maribyrnong) .- I support the remarks of the honorable member for Isaacs (Mr. Haworth). Several of my colleagues have expressed the fear that at some time the tribunal may consist of a judicial presidential member who has no knowledge of a particular subject and two other members, who also may have no experience or knowledge of the particular subject. This could prevent the tribunal from giving practical consideration based on experience. I think this is most important. I was brought up in the hurly-burly of business practice and I have seen the way in which big companies tend to gobble up smaller companies and how there is a collusive get-together of the smaller companies to prevent this from happening. There are many features such as this that would not be appreciated by people who have not had the practical experience. Nor would they understand some of the background to agreements which are sought to be registered and dealt with. I believe that the safeguard proposed by the honorable member for Isaacs is necessary.

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