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Wednesday, 15 June 1904

Mr WATSON - The honorable member for South Sydney has given notice of an amendment upon clause 42, which has just been agreed to. As he is not now present, I will give him an opportunity of moving his amendment later on. On clause 43, I move -

That the word " may," line 1, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words' "shall on the application of any original party to an industrial dispute, and ma}' without such application, at any stage of the dispute."

The idea of this amendment is to carry out more effectively the decision of tha Committee with regard to the constitution of the Court. We have already decided that the Court shall consist of the President, anc! it was understood that he should have the assistance of assessors in each case if the parties so desired. We wish to make itmandatory on the President that he shall appoint assessors if either party desires ; and to provide that he may appoint assessors at any stage, even if the parties do not make an application.

Mr Kelly - Would the parties be able to ask for the appointment of assessors, just before the President proceeded to sum up ?

Mr WATSON - I take it that the rules of Court would provide as to the time within which the parties would have a right to ask for the appointment of assessors.

Mr Kelly - Would it not be wise to state the time in the Bill ?

Mr WATSON - It is merely a° matter of detail to say that, within thirty days, or whatever time may be fixed, application may be made for the appointment of assessors. We can very well leave that to the rules.

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