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Tuesday, 4 May 1920

Mr HECTOR LAMOND (Illawarra) . -r-I desire to direct the attention of the Government to the congestion in the Arbitration Court. A statement has been presented to honorable members detailing forty-two cases still to be heard by the Court, although some of them were initiated- as far back aa 1918. This matter is entirely apart from the phase of the question mentioned this afternoon by the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) relative to the amendment of the Act, which will have to he seriously considered by the House. In my opinion the congestion ought to be relieved by the appointment of additional Justices, or perhaps, if some of the other Justices could take a few of the cases, it might enable the unions to get their cases heard. It is no wonder there is industrial unrest, seeing that those who wish to comply with the industrial law are prevented from getting a decision.

Mr JAMES PAGE (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - It encourages direct action.

Mr HECTOR LAMOND - Of course. Every man who obeys the law has to go a year or two with less wages than the man who disobeys it. In the circumstances, we can hardly blame those who choose to take the law into their own hands rather than have these delays forced upon them.

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