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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Attorney-General in relation to the position that the subject of incentive pay has taken in recent political propaganda, in which it has been placed in advertisements amongst matters that would be susceptible of direct legislation. Does placitum (xxxv) of section 51 of the Commonwealth Constitution, which deals with the sole industrial power of the Commonwealth, confer upon this Parliament the power to compel any employer to grant incentive pay or to compel any union to accept schemes of incentive pay? Does the placitum confer upon the Commonwealth Parliament power to require conciliation commissioners or Commonwealth Arbitration Court judges to incorporate incentive pay provisions in awards ? Have State parliaments power to pass legislation to impose incentive pay schemes? Has any State under any government, regardless of political complexion, imposed incentive pay schemes?

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