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Thursday, 2 September 1920

The attitude of the Labour executives was trenchantly stated by Mr. E. J. Holloway, secretary of the Trades Hall Council of Victoria. " Under instructions from my counsel," Mr. Holloway said, " I would like to make a brief reference to a very regrettable incident which has occurred since we commenced this inquiry. My executive has instructed me to point out to your Honour that when some time ago you publicly made a suggestion that this matter of the forty-four-hours' week should be inquired into, we made every endeavour to meet your wishes. We called conferences in the various States, collected evidence throughout the whole of Australia, and, indeed, tried to scour the world to secure facts that would assist the Court in this inquiry. " That being so, we feel it is our obvious duty to protest strongly against legislative interference with the Court during the currency of this case."

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