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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr STOKES (Maribyrnong) .- I did not follow the Attorney-General very well when he said - and these are his words: " The Tribunal may, if it thinks fit, refer a question of law arising from the proceedings for determination by the Industrial Court." That is not the position at all. The clause says that the Tribunal may, on its own motion, do that. Then H says: " or, if it thinks fit, on the application of a party ".

This is the point which the AttorneyGeneral has not answered. This is a restriction because if a party applies the Tribunal will refer the matter to the Court only if the Tribunal thinks fit. There are two distinct questions there. I am afraid the Attorney-General was in error a moment ago. Would he care to explain the correct meaning of the words I have just read from the clause?

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