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Tuesday, 19 July 1904

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In my opinion, the proposal is not half so absurd as the honorable member for Hindmarsh' seems to think. We must remember that this Court is to be not only a Court of Arbitration, but also of Conciliation. However, I. see great difficulties in carrying the proposal into effect. There are not only the two parties to the dispute to be considered ; there is also the general public, for whom the Judge has to act, and it would not be right to tie his hands and compel him, perhaps against the interests of the public and of the industry, to accept either one or the other of the compromises put forward by the parties. For that reason, I do not see how the clause can be effectually worked, though, if it could, the idea is one that would, at any rate, tend to conciliation.

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