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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1488

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The amending clauses seek to restore the position which applied prior to 1972. The position then applying worked satisfactorily for many years until, I think, a person who opposed the amalgamation of 3 unions to form the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union applied for financial assistance. It was then discovered that the Industrial Registrar did not have power to grant such assistance. The position was then changed, I think by some regulation, to permit the AttorneyGeneral to grant financial assistance to the applicant to conduct the case. We are of the opinion that the previous position worked satisfactorily. We think it can work satisfactorily. We think that in those cases in which it is necessary to provide financial assistance, the granting of that assistance should be taken out of the realms of politics and handed over to an independent registrar to decide whether he has the power to do so, and whether he should grant such financial assistance.

Question put:

That clauses 57 and 58 stand as printed.

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