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Wednesday, 15 June 1904

Mr LONSDALE (New England) - I would ask the Government to take into consideration the desirability of giving the President of the Court, sitting with three or four assessors acting for the respective parties, greater power to make awards as an arbitrator. We should be able to get more satisfactory decisions, and avoid a great deal of trouble and expense if the President had more, power in that direction. I feel certain that, in many cases, the parties would be able when they came before the Court to arrange matters without publicity and without the calling of witnesses. My object in offering the suggestion is to constitute the Court more- a Court of Conciliation with power to make an award. I do not intend to move an amendment, but I should like the Government to consider the suggestion. That would be more likely to create a better feeling than would the adoption of the common procedure of the Law Courts. I hope the Prime Minister will think the matter over.

Mr Watson - I shall do so.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Mr. Watson) agreed to-

That the words " any industrial dispute involving technical questions," lines 2 and 3, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words" the dispute."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 44 -

(1)   The Court may referany industrial dis pute of which it has cognizance, or any matter arising out of the dispute, to a Local Industrial Board for investigation and report, and may delegate to that board such of its powers, including all powers of the Court in relation to conciliation and the settlement of the dispute by amicable agreement, as it deems desirable. A Local Industrial Board may be -

(a)   any State industrial authority willing to act ; or

(b)   any local board constituted as prescribed or as directed by the Court, and consisting of equal numbers of representatives of employers and of employes and a Chairman who shall be a Justice of the High Court' or a Judge of the Supreme Court of a . State.

2.   The Court may then decide the dispute and make its award on the report of the Local Industrial Board, or after hearing further evidence in the matter.

Mr WATSON - In conformity with an understanding previously arrived at, I do not propose to move the omission of the words " a Judge." I now move, as largely a drafting or technical amendment -

That sub-clause 2 be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following : - " (2) On the report of the Local Industrial Board the Court may, with or without hearing further evidence, or argument, or both, decide the dispute, and make its award."

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