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Tuesday, 13 October 1931

Mr SCULLIN -I entirely agree with Chief Judge Dethridge that no good purpose can be served by taking from the workers' pockets to add to the already adequate profits of any company. That is, however, a matter for the court to determine. With regard to the Commonwealth Oil Refineries Limited, I have already made it clear to the House that under the existing conditions the Government has no control over this company. We were not even consulted or notified when a change was made in the general managership. The agreement gives the company four representatives on the board as against three government representatives, and, therefore, we have no control ; but we have appointed a new director to the Commonwealth Oil Refineries Limited. He is a trusted officer of the Treasury, and because of this appointment we shall be kept in closer touch with the Board of Directors and be able to put our views on any specific question before it.

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