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Saturday, 9 June 1928

Mr BRENNAN (Batman) .- Would it not be at least fair to so frame this proposed section as to provide that the court shall, in every ' industrial dispute, as soon as it has decided that there is a dispute of which it can take cognizance, take the action which the remainder of the section directs. Otherwise, all this elaborate machinery may have been put into operation, the parties may have been put to a great deal of expense, and the case may be part heard before the court throws the plough out of the ground. Such a happening would cause a great deal of dissatisfaction. The first thing that the judge has to decide is that there is a cognisable industrial dispute. Having determined that point, if he is to fall down on the job, he should fall at once. If any direction is to be given to the court let it be a direction to come to this decision as early as possible.

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