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Tuesday, 12 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - This question was fully argued on the previous clause, and it was pointed out that in some cases it might be considered advisable, and absolutely necessary, by the Court to go beyond some law or regulation, and that when the Court did it was to send with the award a notification, pointing out where it had gone beyond the law or regulation. It is provided that in these circumstances the award shall lie on the table of each House for thirtydays, that is more than double the number of days prescribed for an ordinary award and that if within the period of thirty days either House passes a resolution disapproving the award it shall not come into operation. On the other hand, if Parliament thinks that the Court had a sufficient justification for its action, that it was necessary for the peace, order, and good government of the Public Service, and it does not veto the award, thatwill mean that it ratifies the departure from' any law or regulation. I think that with the previous clause this one should be allowed to pass in its present form.

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