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Thursday, 8 September 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - I have not yet seen the award of the Coal Industry Tribunal. I remind the honorable member that the chairman of the Coal Industry Tribunal occupies the position of arbitrator. We have striven for many years to preserve the decisions of arbitrators. I understand that the minutes of this award have not yet been spoken to, and that there are certain other difficulties associated with the delivery of the award. It is not for me to tell arbitrators what decisions they should make. That has been made perfectly clear, and applies to Arbitration Court judges and conciliation commissioners alike. Over the years conditions in various industries have been varied considerably by both- Federal and

State arbitration courts. In some instances the Commonwealth Arbitration Court has made different types of deci610ns on similar subjects. I shall ' certainly not question any decisions that the arbitrator makes.

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