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Wednesday, 15 June 1904

Mr HIGGINS (Northern MelbourneAttorneyGeneral) - This is one of the clauses which we have inherited from our distinguished ancestors in the Government, and it has been allowed to remain in exactly the form in which it first appeared in the Bill. My instructions were to make amendments only where they were absolutely necessary. As to the point mentioned by the honorable -and learned member, I can easily conceive that a Victorian Act might provide for certain wages and hours of labour in an industry, and that an award of the Commonwealth Court might fix other wages and hours. The question is, which would prevail? At first sight, I think that provision ought to be made in this particular clause with regard to that matter, and I shall look into the question with the view to drafting an amendment, and also avoiding the insertion of any words that are not absolutely necessary.

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