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Tuesday, 10 July 1906

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister of Trade and Customs) . - It is true that I have given notice of amendments in this part of the Bill, but they chiefly deal with a proposal in substitution for the Board provided for in the Bill as it stands. As I have previously stated, it was originally intended, if we could have managed it, to have had matters dealt with under this part of the Bill decided by a Judge, rather than by a Board. Lately it has been found possible to secure the acquiescence of the High Court inthe request that they should consider these matters, and amendments have been circulated substituting a Justice of the High Court for the Board. Honorable members understand that it is a very difficult thing to secure a satisfactory tribunal for the decision of matters of this kind.

Mr Henry Willis - Is there to be a jury as well as a Justice of the High Court ?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - No.' I need not go into the details of the amendments at this stage. It is proposed that ques-. tions arising under this part of the Bill shall be decided by a Justice of the High Court, but there is to be a reservation giving the Executive power at all times to reduce or modify, though not to increase, the penalty inflicted by the Justice.

Mr Henry Willis - Is a permanent appointment to be provided for ?

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