—(1) Subject to this section, the hearing of proceedings before the Tribunal shall be in public.
(2) Where the Tribunal is satisfied that it is desirable to do so by reason of the confidential nature of any evidence or matter or for any other reason, the Tribunal may —
direct that a hearing or part of a hearing shall take place in private and give directions as to the persons who may be present; or
give directions prohibiting or restricting the publication of evidence given before the Tribunal (whether in public or in private) or of matters contained in documents produced to the Tribunal.
[Aust. 1968, s. 163]
173. In proceedings before the Tribunal —
the procedure of the Tribunal shall, subject to this Act and the regulations, be within the discretion of the Tribunal;
the Tribunal shall not be bound by the Evidence Act (Cap. 97); and
the proceedings shall be conducted with as little formality, and with as much expedition, as the requirements of this Act and a proper consideration of the matters before the Tribunal permit.
[Aust. 1968, s. 164]
174. The Tribunal may correct, in any order of the Tribunal, a clerical mistake or an error arising from an accidental slip or omission.
[Aust. 1968, s. 165]
—(1) The regulations may make provision for or in relation to the procedure in connection with the making of references and applications to the Tribunal and the regulation of proceedings before the Tribunal and may prescribe the fees payable in respect of those references and applications and the fees and expenses of witnesses in those proceedings.
(2) The regulations may include provision —
for requiring notice of an intended application to the High Court under section 169(3) to be given to the Tribunal and to the other parties to the proceedings, and for limiting the time within which any such notice is to be given;
for suspending, or authorising or requiring the Tribunal to suspend, the operation of orders of the Tribunal in cases where, after giving its decision, the Tribunal refers a question of law to the High Court;
for modifying, in relation to orders of the Tribunal the operation of which is suspended, the operation of any provisions of this Part as to the effect of orders made under this Part;
for the publication of notices, or the doing of any other things, to ensure that persons affected by the suspension of an order of the Tribunal will be informed of its suspension; and
for regulating or prescribing any other matters incidental to or consequential upon any request, application, order or decision under section 169.
[Aust. 1968, s. 166]
—(1) The Tribunal may take evidence on oath or affirmation, and for that purpose a member may administer an oath or affirmation.
(2) A member may summon a person to appear before the Tribunal to give evidence and to produce such documents and articles (if any) as are referred to in the summons.
[Aust. 1968, s. 167]
177. The Tribunal may, if it thinks fit, permit a person appearing as a witness before the Tribunal to give evidence by tendering, and verifying by oath or affirmation, a written statement, which shall be filed with the Secretary to the Tribunal.
[Aust. 1968, s. 168]
178. In proceedings before the Tribunal —
a party other than a body corporate or an unincorporated body of persons may appear in person or be represented by an employee of the party approved by the Tribunal;
a party being a body corporate may be represented by a director or other officer, or by an employee, of the party approved by the Tribunal;
a party being an unincorporated body of persons or a member of such a body may be represented by a member, or by an officer or employee, of the body approved by the Tribunal; and
any party may be represented by an advocate and solicitor.
[Aust. 1968, s. 169]