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Friday, 8 June 1928

Mr DUNCAN-HUGHES (Boothby) . - This clause will no doubt answer the purpose intended by the Attorney-General. The chief object to be safeguarded is that nobody may be prejudiced in his rights, so far as can. be reasonably provided, by his not knowing anything about the matter. That is a position which might easily occur, particularly where country respondents were affected. I suggest to the AttorneyGeneral that, in order to provide an additional safeguard, and solely with the object of ensuring that nobody's right shall be prejudiced owing to his being ignorant of the position, it would be a good plan if the application in the proceedings were served upon some of the representative organizations in the community. That would further guard against the claims of any one being prejudiced. I suggest that notices of applications should be served upon such bodies as the Employers' Federation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Manufactures, the Trades and Labour Council, and the like, in each State. This provision is more likely to affect individual employers than individual employees, and if notices were given as I suggest, it would make it. less likely that any person concerned would be left in ignorance of what was occurring.

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