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Monday, 11 June 1928

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) . - Proposed section 70a covered by this clause provides for the suspension or expulsion of a member of an organization, and, after that suspension' or expulsion has taken place, the court may, under the proviso, upon the application of the member at any time, make an order removing the incapacity and thereupon the member shall become capable of holding office in the organization. "What is the necessity for the proviso ? I should like to know whether any opportunity is to be given to the union to resist the application of the expelled member. From my experience of trade unionism I know that members are not expelled unless for serious offences. Every union has rules and regulations, and surely that body, and not the court, should decide whether an expelled member should be eligible for appointment as an officer. In my opinion, the proviso seeks to some extent to take membership of the union out of the control of the officials, and to place it in the hands of the court. This is undoubtedly an attempt to break down the rules and regulations of the union.

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