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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr LAMOND (ILLAWARRA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes, and it had cost the Australian Workers Union tens of thousands of pounds in recent years to ascertain what the legal position of organizations really was.

That is the penalty that the working people of Australia have had to pay, because the framers of the Constitution were not wise enough to frame it as it should have been framed, because the High Court has not interpreted it in a broad-minded fashion, as Mr. Justice Marshall interpreted the Constitution of the United States of America, and because a host of lawyers has been engaged by the employers, and consequently the employees have had to follow suit. Could we but exclude the legal gentlemen from the Courts, we would save the workers many thousands of pounds. I support the common-sense proposal now before us, and I hope that members generally will, by voting for it, take the commonsense course of " biffing " out the legal fraternity.

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