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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr CONSIDINE (Barrier) .- Despite what the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) has said, it is nor. clear as to what authority shall recognise an organization. The Prime Minister objected to the Trades Hall being the body which should determine recognition; then who does the Prime Minister intend shall accord recognition? If there are two claimant organizations, will the recognition be accorded by the registrar of trade unions, who now determines which union shall obtain registration under the Arbitration Act, or will the determining authority be the President of the Arbitration Court?

Mr Hughes - So far as I know, there is no such ambiguity or uncertainty as the honorable member suggests. If he can tell the Committee of any two organizations which are rivals for recognition, we may deal with them. I know of none. .

Mr.CONSIDINE.- The Prime Minister explained a few minutes ago that by "recognised " he meant " recognised by the general public". On the occasion of the last upheaval in the coal-mining industry, the Government were not much concerned with the recognition of an organization by the general public. They then did everything possible against the recognised organization.

Mr Hughes - Who recognised that organization ?

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