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Wednesday, 25 August 1920


Mr GREGORY (Dampier) .- The mere striking out of sub-clauses 6 and c will not do away with penalties; these cannot be abolished without an amendment of the original Act. Such an amendment would receive my, support, because I do not believe in penalties in a measure of: this kind.


Mr Brennan - This clause extends the area of the penalties.


Mr GREGORY - Yes, and makes the law clearer.


Mr Brennan - It extends the area of the penalties, and applies them to a different kind of offence altogether.


Mr GREGORY - If we are to have penalties at all, I regard the proposal of the Government as a good one. Personally, if I had my way, I should get rid of the compulsory clauses of this Bill ; and. the amendment now before us only shows what efforts are made here merely for the purpose of protecting one section of the community. I prefer the Canadian system, under which the employers and the employed are brought together in conference, and then, if the men desire to go out on strike, they may do so.


Mr Considine - But the employers are given a fortnight's notice, and thus have an advantage.


Mr GREGORY - A fortnight's notice is a good thing under the circumstances, because it gives time for a ballot. I hope that the Committee will insist on the proposals by the Government, or do away with all penalties. If I did not feel that I ought to do my best for the employee as well as for the employer, I should not be fit to be here. We ought to see that justice is done to every section of the community, and not introduce legislation merely for the benefit of one class.


Mr Considine - Why try to be humorous ?


Mr GREGORY - Honorable members may laugh, but in every constituency throughout Australia the wage-earners comprise a large majority of the electors, and it is merely because the level-headed amongst them realize that our policy is the best for the country that they give their support to myself and others with similar views.







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