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Monday, 11 June 1928


Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) .- This clause differs from the form in which it appeared in the bill as first drafted. It was more obnoxious then than it is now, although it is still objectionable. The sting has been somewhat removed by the amendment proposed by the Attorney-General. If an organization is de-registered by the court it becomes an association, which places it in the position it was before it was registered. Heavy penalties may be imposed for certain breaches, and if such penalties amounted to £2,000 or £3,000 the association might not have sufficient funds to meet its liabilities. I do not know whether the court would be empowered to go further after taking all the assets belonging to the organization.


Mr Latham - This provision deals only with the property of an organization, and does not give power to the court as against its members.


Mr CHARLTON - Supposing a union had funds amounting to £2,000 when it de-registered, and its liabilities amounted to £3,000. If it continued, but not as an organization, would the court have power to make an order against the union for the deficiency?







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