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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - I move -

That the amendment be amended by the insertion of the words " or by leave of the Court " after the word " parties."

The spirit of the amendment will be preserved by my proposal, but it will prevent the possibility of one party debarring the Court from having the benefit of counsel in very complicated cases, perhaps involving constitutional difficulties. Section 27 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act gives effect to the principle of my amendment.

Senator STEWART(Queensland).- I do not think that the Committee ought to agree to the insertion of these words in the new clause, because it would rest with' the Court to say whether or not counsel should appear. In my opinion, it would be far better to allow the provision to remain in its present form.

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