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Thursday, 7 December 1905
Page: 6515

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) - I trust that the amendment will not be agreed to. It is extremely difficult to prevent the introduction of men under contract to replace workers who are already in the Commonwealth. When the six hatters were introduced there was no difficulty about procuring all the men who were required. Mr. Anderson admitted that he turned away from his factory some men who were as competent as those who were afterwards introduced from England. I have a copy of a letter from the New South Wales Felt Hatters' Society, the majority of the members of which were brought out under contract. The letter reads as follows : -

New South Wales Felt Hatters' Society.

Trades Hall, Sydney, 8th November, 1905.

F.   G. Tudor, Esq.,

Dear Sir, - I am instructed by the above Society to inform you that at the last meeting we unanimously carried a resolution against amending the Contract Clauses of the Immigration Restriction Act. We believe that it is only a move on the part of the Employers' Federation to give them an opening to import as many workmen into the country as they think fit ; and get the labour market over-stocked, so as to bring wages down. Nearly every member of our Society was present at the meeting at which this resolution was carried. I remain, &c,

Sam. Grimshaw, Secretary.

I find that the name of Samuel Grimshaw appears amongst those of the second batch of six hatters who were introduced under contract. Mr. Grimshaw is now the secretary of the society, and apparently the men who were brought out under contract desire, now that they know the exact position of affairs, that the introduction of other men under conditions similar to those which applied to their own case shall be prevented.

Mr Lonsdale - They want to keep the trade to themselves; they are a mean, narrowminded crowd.

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