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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1482

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - Clause 49 is a short clause which says simply that for the words 'Part VIII or IX of this Act' substitute the words 'Part VIII, VIMA or IX'. The simple fact is it would deny any right of appeal to the High Court on any union amalgamation question. The Opposition opposes this clause. We believe that as property and assets are involved as rights about which individuals may feel strongly appeals should not be prohibited. We believe that there should be at least a right of appeal to the High Court or, putting it more accurately, that the right to go to the High Court to ask the High Court whether it will entertain one's appeal should not be prohibited. The effect of our opposition, if acceded to, will be simply that as the position exists at present the High Court will have a descretion as to whether it will grant leave to appeal and we think that in this area that is sufficient safegard. We oppose this clause.

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