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Wednesday, 15 June 1904

Mr WATSON (Bland) (Treasurer) .In relation to the agreements referred to in the clause, I do not think it would be wise to accept the amendment. The case contemplated here is one in which the President has inquired into a dispute, and the parties have come to an agreement at a stage earlier than they would have done if they had depended upon the decision of the Court. . In such case, the Court might very properly consider whether parties otheT than those engaged in the dispute should not be brought under the terms of the agreement. After the agreement had been made an award, it might be considered desirable to give notice to other parties to appeaT to show cause why the terms of the award should not be extended to them under the provisions of clause 46. I think that it would be well for the honorable and learned member to afford me an opportunity to consult the Attorney-General.

Mr Glynn - The amendment might be inserted, and the clause afterwards recommitted, if necessary.

Mr WATSON - I shall consent to the amendment on that understanding.

Amendments agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 34 -

In the hearing and determination of every industrial dispute the Court shall act according to equity, good conscience, and the substantial merits of the case, without regard to technicalities or legal forms, and shall not be bound by any rules of evidence, but may inform its mind on any matter in such manner as it thinks just.

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