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Friday, 23 July 1920

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon J M Chanter (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The particular Order of the Day appearing first on the paper has not been called on, and therefore the motion of the honorable member for Dalley is in order.

Mr MAHONY - My reason for submitting the motion must at once be apparent to any thoughtful person. Those who have any foresight at all can see looming in the immediate future the danger of great industrial turmoil in Australia. The business to which this Parliament should devote its attention is the consideration of the steps necessary to prevent industrial disputes raging from one end of this country to the other. The Government propose now to go on with the consideration of a Bill for the establishment of an Institute of Science and Industry, but that is not a matter of pressing importance, and its consideration may be delayed for a week or two weeks. The amendment of the industrial conciliation and arbitration laws of this country is a matter that cannot wait, because a day's delay in dealing with such a matter may be vital to the maintenance of industrial peace in Australia.

Mr Ryan - Ministers have said that the settlement of these matters is urgent.

Mr MAHONY - Nothing could be more urgent, and that is why I have submitted my motion.

Motion (by Mr. Hughes) put -

That the question be now put.

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