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Wednesday, 25 August 1920

Mr HECTOR LAMOND (Illawarra) . - The statement made by the Minister, I think, covers the suggestion I wished to make, but I should like to be quite clear on the point. It occasionally happens that it is proposed to form an organization, and that while it is in process of formation an employer will threaten to dismiss any of his men who take any part in forming it. It was my desire that the clause should be so amended as to prevent that. Am I to understand that that difficulty will be met in the new clause the Minister proposes to submit?

Mr Groom - I shall make it as wide as I can consistent with the purpose of the Bill. I shall bear in mind what the honorable member has said.

Mr HECTOR LAMOND - It seems to me that whilst we adopt the principle which we have adopted in connexion with all industrial legislation - that organization is desirable - we should not allow any one to put obstacles in the way of forming organizations.

Mr Groom - We can only deal with associations or organizations that will come under the Act. It would not do to make such provision inthe case of men who wished to become members of associations or organizations having nothing to do with this Act. That would notbe relevant to the purpose of the measure.

Mr HECTOR LAMOND - I quite see that. If the Minister will agree to meet the case to which I have referred, so far as the purpose of the Bill will permit, I shall be satisfied.

Mr Groom - I am prepared to do that.

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