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Tuesday, 6 November 1973
Page: 1541

Senator CAVANAGH (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The Government opposes the Opposition's opposition to this clause because the clause was put in the Bill for the purpose of taking the responsibility for industrial affairs and industrial happenings out of the hands of the Attorney-General and putting it into the hands of the Minister concerned. While the Minister would have the right to refer anything to the industrial court we do acknowledge that as the Bill now stands the Attorney-General is the man responsible for the election of judges. We adhere to the principle that the whole question of industrial relations should be left to the Minister for Labour and we formally oppose the Opposition's argument.

Clause negatived.

Clause 74.

Section 168 of the Principal Act is amended-

(a)   by omitting from sub-sections ( I ), (2) and (3) the word " Attorney-General " (wherever occurring) and substituting the word " Minister "; and

(   b ) by omitting sub-sections ( 4 ) and ( 5 ).

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