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Tuesday, 28 June 1904

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - I draw attention to the fact that if these words are introduced in this form, it may lead to a different interpretation being put upon the meaning of the words "award" and " order " in various clauses of the Bill. I am in thorough accord with the other amendments which have been proposed, and I .am very glad that the Prime Minister has seen his way to accept them.

Mr WATSON - I do not think the difficulty which the honorable and learned member for Werriwa fears will arise, because the honorable and learned member will note that I specially use the words " in this section."

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am afraid the amendment will enable people to argue that where those qualifying words are not used, the words " award " or " order " may have some other meaning.

Mr WATSON - I have said that I will ask the Attorney-General to look into the matter. At present I do not see how I can propose an amendment introducing the words "or order" without altering the whole phraseology of the clause. Honorable members will see that there is a reference to 'compliance " with the award or to restrain its breach," and to insert there the words " or order " would involve an alteration of the whole phraseology. I think it is be'tter in the meantime to agree to the amendment I have moved.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment by (Mr. Crouch) proposed -

That after the word " Penalty," line 9, the words " One hundred pounds or " be inserted.

Mr. CONROY(Werriwa). - I draw attention to what appears to me to be rather a curious distinction which is being made. Under the next clause the penalty provided for a wilful offence is ^20, and yet it is proposed under this clause to provide for a penalty of .£100, or . three 'months' imprisonment.

Mr Watson - I remind the honorable and learned member that clause 55 deals with a different class of offences, aggravated offences, or an aggregation of offences.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 56 -

No person shall wilfully make default in compliance with any award. Penalty : Twenty pounds.

Amendment (by Mr. Watson) agreed to-'

That after the word " any," line 2, the words "order or " be inserted.

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