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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - I have no objection to what the honorable member suggests, but it is useless for us to shut our eyes to facts. The honorable member asks, " Recognised by whom?" I reply, " Recognised by the whole community."

Mr Maxwell - But we have a definition of " organization of employees."

Mr HUGHES - The position in regard to employers is quite different. There may be employers who do not belong to the Employers Federation, or any other Federation, but that is not important. Industrial disputes menace the community because of the actions of certain organizations of employees, and it is in order to create conditions which will induce them to preserve peace that these Councils are to be appointed. If we use the bare word " organizations," the point raised by the honorable member for Batman (Mr. Brennan) and other honorable members immediately crops up. I can think of no better way of expressing what we mean than by using the word " recognised," although I admit that if I am asked by whom such organizations are to be recognised I can only reply that they are recognised. I would not agree to an earlier amendment which provided that the organization should be recognised by the Trades Hall, because the Trades Hall might, owing to some political or other difference of opinion, deliberately black-list a union recognised by the whole community. I suggest that the amendment I have proposed is the best form of words to secure the object we have in view.

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