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Tuesday, 21 June 1904

Mr CARPENTER (Fremantle) - Under this paragraph the Court might direct the attendance of witnesses whom neither party was prepared to call, and I desire to know whether in such cases it would have power to grant expenses. A witness might refuse to attend unless guaranteed his expenses, more particularly if it would be necessary for him to travel from a distant State in order to appear before the Court. I should like to have the assurance of the Prime Minister that the Court, in addition to having the power to summon witnesses, will also have power to allow them costs. .

Mr WATSON - The honorable member may rest assured that the Court would not be likely to compel a witness to attend before it without granting an allowance to cover his costs. That is the universal practice. If a man is not a voluntary witness care is taken to send him sufficient money to enable him to appear before the tribunal, and I do not think that the Arbitration Court is likely to depart from that practice.

Amendment agreed to.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs t and u agreed to.

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