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Thursday, 5 December 1935


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - As I informed honorable senators in my second-reading speech, a retail arrangement such as the honorable senator suggests, cannot be carried out under this agreement. Such a proposal involves questions which also arise in connexion with chain stores.

I point out that the fixation of wages and conditions of employment in the industry is a matter for the State itself. However, as I informed representatives of the industry when I visited Queensland, they may, seeing that the industry is carried on in more than one State, if they are dissatisfied with the present system, invoke the aid of the Federal Arbitration Court. But this is not a matter in which the Commonwealth can interfere; it rests entirely with the industry itself.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.







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