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Tuesday, 12 December 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - If any award made by the President of the Arbitration Court is not in accord with a law or regulation of the Commonwealth relating to the " salaries, wages, rates of pay, or terms or conditions of service, or employment of employes," and is not objected to by either branch of the Legislature within thirty days of its being laid upon the table of Parliament, that award will become operative. Now, I desire to point out that if an award be contrary to regulation, the Government will have power to alter that regulation the very next day, and thus to avert trouble. But a law is made by Parliament-

Senator McGregor - And a regulation is made law by Parliament. What is the difference?

Senator VARDON - There is a great difference. This clause practically seeks to override the Public Service Act, and as Parliament passed that Act, Parliament obviously is the body which should amend it. It ought not to be amended by the President of the Arbitration Court. He may point out any defects in the measure, but his function is to administer the law, and not to legislate.

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