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Wednesday, 11 August 1920

Mr MAKIN (Hindmarsh) .- I support the remarks of the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) that the wording of the amendment is not as embracing as the great body of unionists would desire. There are organizations not registered under the Arbitration Act. The Trades and Labour Councils in Adelaide and Port Adelaide have pointed out to me the limitation of the amendment moved by the honorable member for Adelaide (Mr. Blundell), which, no doubt, would improve the Bill from the manner of the present draft; but they expressed their preference for the amendment foreshadowed by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor). There are organizations such as the Coal and Shale Miners Federation, which are not registered under the Arbitration Act, and which ought to be brought within the confines of this Bill, if possible.

Mr Hughes - To exclude them deliberately would be folly.

Mr MAKIN - We do not want to exclude any who ought to be included. The desire of the Opposition is to have labour unions recognised in the Bill, not because of any registration under any Court, but because of recognition by the Trades and Labour Councils as the bona fide organizations representing their particular industries.

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