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Wednesday, 28 July 1920


Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- The Prime Minister has proposed the postponement of the remaining Orders of the Day until after the consideration of notice of motion No. 2, for leave to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to industrial matters. I am most anxious to reach the consideration of that measure, but I direct attention to the fact that, according to the press, the Prime Minister on Saturday last threatened that he would pass the proposed amendment of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act in spite of the opposition of honorable members on this side. I have never known of any opposition to that Bill on the part of honorable members on this side. As a matter of fact, we have been asking for the introduction of the Bill. The adjournment of this House has been moved on more than one occasion to urge an amendment of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act, to permit organizations to get to the Arbitration Court more speedily than they can do under the present law. They are prevented from getting to the Court at the present time. Now, in spite of what the Prime Minister said at Bendigo, he proposes to pass over the notice of motion for the introduction of the Bill to amend the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. I understand that he proposes to take only the first reading of the Bill dealing with industrial matters, in order that it may be circulated, and we may consider it tomorrow. Every member of this House is aware that private business is taken first to-morrow, and, if the history of this Parliament repeats itself, we shall be occupied up to 6.30 p.m. with the consideration of that business. As the Bill proposes the adoption of a new principle, I presume that the Prime Minister will not desire that we should go straight on with its consideration, but that we should have an opportunity of considering its provisions. What this Parliament should be most anxious to do is to minimize, as far as possible, the industrial unrest existing at the present time. I agree that the disturbed feeling in the minds of the general community is not confined to Australia, butis evident in every part of the world. It is nearly impossible to secure a measure that will secure complete industrial peace, but we should not shirk our duty to do what we can to prevent industrial unrest. I suggest that the Prime Minister should let us deal with notice of motion No. 1 to-night.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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