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' .THE' NEW';;PrtES)cJENT;:;':Vi/::c<';

SPEECH lit k a JUSTICE '::,;.,.■'. /STIMNGEfcw;;,'o^';H

■ (Per Press Association.): ; ■;: - : ';;■ WM^NGTONKMarx;h- ; 3.! ,; : The newly-tapppinted President o| thei Arbitration Court (Mr Justice Stringer) commenced his ..duties .'at/. .10.30. this. morning,' when lie presided at tlie opening of the Arbitration Court sitting iii Wellington. The; occasion was marked. by the attendance of a-slarge number ofV members of the Wellington, bar and re- i presentatives of employers and labourunions. • .'. ': : ''''■'

The Hon. A. L. Herdman, AttorneyGeneral, congratulated the president on attaining an honour to which his long service; at th(j bar and as a worthy citizen of New Zealand, justly entitled, him. .■.'■' -■'''.v'nV' i'r'!--'-"V-'■■'•'■ ''■';< A ';-.■'-■": :v.'

His,Honourji^^reply, thanked iMr\ Herdinan.. and tlie;': members of the; t Wellington' bar mostsincerely for their J, '■yery. cordial welcome. He hopied his ; work in/, the future ' would show that; .■tlieir;Vcorifidence\ i'was;.\nqt'-^6ntirely-.'niisr-'-. 1 placed. He had a very deep sense of, the responsibilities cast upon 'him as President of the Arbitration Gburt. He: recognised it would, i-equire the utmost' > tact and delicacy :td^hpld;the: ; balance; between^the; ■ ;. opposing;:;• iihterests); of; <:•.- labour^and < capitjjtlii ';He :^ou^t^'xiiot^ ." withstanding .;c^rtairi f'in'dic^^ contrary, th,a^ there was, a^generaltrend of opinion among' all classes fcbiwards arbitration, as\the; only rational v^ method of settling industrial disput^^t and he thought the court was .capable v of doing good work if only fthe parties.^; would recogJiise its'power-for gobd. «* Isnt*;:■'■■; making..- awards, ■ however,', -the" feMrt•' would have to pay: due regard to the-K laws qfc«eohomics, aY ; to .make '■ awards ; wliicli defied those laws : would only■■• •' ■ bring disaster upon those :c6iri:pern.ed^:' Sir Joshua Williams had said-upon a recejit _ ; .pcp,aS;ion ;-«that^ieV'; riegitrdea,---ther,:': Arbitration-Court as a^ pp^reriful instru•me'ntfpr'she;:^ tions pf'iihe' workers and ; for the; pre-^:•'; yeiition of .oppression. He ha^tcr-be very careful) however, that in whatever he^^^cKclhe^aidsnot v^ingvdisaste^^jyojti::-^ the vindiistecy;. cbnceraed, i/aiid caiisS „ disaster all round. / 'He hopied to be;able; to give the workers the fullest, benefits under the Act consistent -with 1-the; uhinr/J'-, terruptsd-progress, and >•'prosperity!;) of' ;■ the industries k cphcerned; 1; -He "hoped-;:-:: that, with the ,aid of experienced 'col 1 leagues he 1 would' he^ able to- attain that.,: object. 'He hoped in"-,that^ way^sto; sub^y stantially and promote in-: i : dustrial ■;peace,:• and -.\ welfare.:/:His;: vut-w;; iTiost efForts woiild be directed to; bring- ,v about tliat- cprisuhimatioh;' sp ■:mnch/-to-";-;' be desired. ■.■■■/ "V '.•.'V:'y' ..;-:-v;:'''''.. ; v;:.,:.''■ :v,::'

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ARBITRATION COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914

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ARBITRATION COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914