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Thursday, 7 June 1928


Mr LATHAM (Kooyong) (AttorneyGeneral) . - This clause proposes to insert a new section providing that an organization may, by order of the court, be made liable for the payment of penalties imposed upon officers or members of committees of management of registered organizations provided that before the court makes any order of this nature, an opportunity shall be given to the organization or the trustees or secretary of it, to be heard. The amount which may be ordered to be paid out of the funds of an organization, must not exceed £50 if the offence is doing anything in the nature of a lockout or continuing a lockout, or £10 if the offence is doing anything in the nature of a strike or continuing a strike. The new section will apply only to the strike and lockout penalties, and only in the cast of the imposition of those penalties on officers or members of the committee of management of an organization, and to the extent mentioned. The new section provides that the court may, if it thinks proper, after hearing the representatives of the organization, order that the penalty imposed on the individual shall, to the extent I have stated, be paid by the organization. This provision, like other provisions already dealt with, is directed towards enforcing the simple principle that an organization, having registered under the act, shall not by or through its officers or members of its committee of management, take part in a strike or lockout.







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