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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I cannot undertake torecommit the Bill in order to reconsider a paragraph of the schedule. I have already referred to the provision contained in clause 5 of the Bill. Let me remind Senator Needham that if he consults the rules of nearly every trade union or trade society in existence he will find an exactly similar provision to that to which he objects in this schedule.

Senator Needham - And I have always been opposed to it.

Senator McGREGOR - For the protection of their own interests, trade unions have made such a provision in their rules, and surely, in dealing with a matter in which the general public are concerned, we should exercise the same care. We must be just and fair in all our legislation. If we follow the rules laid down by trade unionists for their own protection and benefit, we cannot go far wrong. I would just as soon that our legislation was based on them as on the Ten Commandments. Referring to Senator Rae's remarks concerning paragraph 21. of the schedule, let me say that it covers a case, for instance, of a seaman refusing to submit himself to the examination provided for in thisAct. It mustbe clear that if a man refuses to submit himself to that examination, there must be something wrong about his claim, and it is not unreasonable that, while his right to compensation is suspended during such a refusal, there should be no payment in respect of the period of suspension.

Senator Rae - Is that the only case that would be covered by the paragraph referred to?

Senator McGREGOR - There are three cases of the kind provided for, but that is the principal case.

First schedule, as amended; agreed to.

Second schedule and title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Standing Orders suspended.

Motion (by Senator McGregor) proposed -

That the report be adopted.

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