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Wednesday, 1 September 1920

Mr BAMFORD (Herbert) .- I have been shown the record of a division taken in this House on 2nd October. 1919, when I voted against a proposal by the honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Tudor) that in the Referendum Bill then before us power should be sought to bring State railway servants within the scope of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act. I think it well to explain that we understood at the time that our previous referenda proposals had been rejected by the people because they contained such a provision. We were anxious to secure for this Parliament additional power to legislate with respect to monopolies and combines, and certain other matters, and w'e were urged to leave out the proposal to bring State railway employees under the Federal law, in order that those other powers might be secured. That is why I voted against the honorable member's amendment. The honorable member who showed this division list to me said that he did so only by way of a joke; but later on some one may use it against me and say that I was not consistent. I have consistently supported the extension of the Act to State railway servants, and I am not going to depart from that attitude on this occasion.

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