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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) .- I do nob know whether this is considered by the Prime Minister an opportune time to announce to the Committee what he intends to do. Speaking yesterday, the right honorable gentleman quoted extensively from the Conciliation and Arbitration Act, and when it was pointed out that his quotations did not appear in the Bill as presented, he said he intended to incorporate in the Bill those parts of the Act that had to do with associations and organizations. Perhaps the Prime Minister is waiting for a decision on a particular amendment before us before he announces his ' intentions? The trade unions of Australia, or the greater portion of those who have had an opportunity to consider the measure, have a suspicion that under this measure there is likely to be an onslaught on trade unionism, and that their status will be seriously endangered, if not entirely destroyed. Unless the Bill is amended in the direction indicated by the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) it will not meet with my approval.

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