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Tuesday, 12 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - It is not proposed to appointan Industrial Registrar for the purposes of this Bill alone. In looking up the history of industrial legislation, I find that it has already been recognised that some officer is required to act as Registrar, and we have had acting in that capacity an official of the High Court. It has been found that it is impossible for one man to do the work of both Courts, even under the industrial legislation we have already passed. This provision is made for the purpose of transferring the work from an officer of the High Court to an Industrial Registrar, who should have been appointed many years ago. The work, even under our present industrial legislation, has become so great and so urgent that it fully occupies the time of one officer. When we come to consider the work which the Industrial Registrar will have to do in connexion with not only this measure, which is a small matter, but the principal Act, and amending Acts, we must recognise that it is only reasonable to create the office. He has to see to the registrations and the work of the Court, and no one who has the slightest conception of the work which he has had to do in the past, and who knows that the volume of work is increasing every day, will say that the appointment is being made a day too soon ; in fact, it has not been made in time. The salary which is allotted to the office is only commensurate with the work which Mr. Stewart has to do.

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