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Wednesday, 30 July 1930

Senator BARNES (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) .- I think that the right honorable senator has misunderstood the purpose of the clause. It is scarcely conceivable that if there is an industrial court functioning the Minister will go beyond it to establish an authority for fixing wages and conditions of labour. Sub-clauses 7 and 8 are required only to meet case3 where there is no Arbitration Court in the State, as is the case in Tasmania. The Minister has authority to appoint the chairman only when the representatives of the employers and employees cannot agree upon a chairman, I and it is hardly likely that he will ever be placed in that position.

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