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Thursday, 31 July 1930

Question - That the proposed new sub-section be inserted (Senator Pearce's amendment) - put. The committee divided. (Chairman - Senator Plain.)

DIVISION:AYES 18 (11 majority) NOES 7 PAIRS 0
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Majority . . . . 11

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NOES

 

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Proposed new clause, as amended, agreed to.

Postponed clause 9 -

Section eighteen c of the principal act is repealed, and the following section inserted in its stead: - "18c. - (1.) The Governor-General may appoint conciliation commissioners of such number and upon such terms and conditions as to remuneration and otherwise as he thinks fit. (4.) The Attorney-General may suspend a conciliation commissioner from office for misbehaviour or incapacity. (5.) The Minister shall within seven days after the suspension, if the Parliament is then sitting, or if the Parliament is not then sitting, within seven days after the next meeting of the Parliament, cause to be laid before both Houses of the Parliament a full statement of the grounds of the suspension, and if within sixty days thereafter an address is presented to the Governor-General by the Senate and the House of Representatives praying for the restoration of the conciliation commissioner to office, the conciliation commissioner shall be restored accordingly; but if no such address is so presented the Governor-General may confirm the suspension and declare the office of that conciliation commissioner to be vacant and the office shall thereupon be and become vacant.

Senator Sir HALCOLEBATCH (Western Australia) [9.29]. - I purpose moving a series of amendments, the effect of which will be that, in the case of a conciliation commissioner being suspended, he shall be restored to office unless within sixty days after a full statement of the grounds of suspension have been placed before Parliament, both Houses present to the Governor-General an address praying for his removal from office. I move -

That sub-section (5. ), proposed new subsection18c, be amended to read as follows: - " (5.) The Minister shall within seven days after the suspension, if the Parliament is then sitting, or if the Parliament is not then sitting, within seven days after the next meeting of the Parliament, cause to be laid before both Houses of the Parliament a full statement of the grounds of the suspension, and unless within sixty days thereafter an address is presented to the Governor-General by the Senate and the House of Representatives praying for the removal of the Conciliation Commissioner from office, the Conciliation Commissioner shall be restored to office; and if such address is so presented the Governor-General may confirm the suspension and declare the office of that Conciliation Commissioner to be vacant and the office shall thereupon be and become vacant."

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Postponed clause 12 -

Section 21aa of the principal act is amended -







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