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Wednesday, 1 September 1920

Mr RICHARD FOSTER ("Wakefield) . - I am exceedingly disappointed with the statement made by the Minister (Mr. Groom). We have on one side the opinion quoted by him as to the unconstitutionality of the proposed new clause, and, on the other, an opinion given by the present Chief Justice before he was raised to die Bench, that such an enactment could constitutionally be made. The position taken up by the Minister is unfortunate, because it would seem that the shearers have more power than either this Parliament or the High Court. Surely the High Court may have something to say as to the nature of the rules of a union. As to the statements made by the honorable member for Gwydir (Mr. Cunningham), I would point out that, in an interjection that he made a few minutes ago, he drifted back to 1915 as the year in which prevailed the awful conditions to which he referred. He will have to go back a good deal further if his remarks are to apply to South Australia. I am satisfied to put the opinion of the chief representative of the Australian Workers 'Union in South Australia against the nonsense that the honorable member has uttered to-day as to the facilities afforded by the stationowners and wool-growers of South Australia.

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