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Wednesday, 6 July 1949


Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for Defence and Minister for Post-war Reconstruction) . - The honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Bowden) has drawn attention to what he thinks is a conflict between clauses 23 and 24 on the one hand, and clause 52 on the other. Clause 52 provides that no order or direction of the board shall be challenged or appealed against. Clauses 23 and 24 deal with the suspension of employers or employees-


Mr Bowden - By the order of the board.


Mr DEDMAN - I am not a lawyer, but I have been advised that the suspension of an employer or an employee is neither an order nor a direction of the board.


Mr Bowden - Then I do not know what it is.


Mr DEDMAN - That is what I have been told. The power to make orders and to give directions is contained in clause 16, and is tied to the board's powers and functions under Part II. of the bill.


Mr Bowden - Clause 52 does not say that it is tied to anything.


Mr DEDMAN - That is so, but orders and directions are tied to the board's powers and functions under Part II. of the bill. Part III. does not refer to the suspension of registration.







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