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Friday, 26 May 1939

Mr HUGHES - That, of course, is the version of the union, which says, in effect, that if we do what it wants us to do it will fall in with our wishes. There is nothing very unusual about that. Judge Drake-Brockman has expressed his willingness to go to Darwin to hear the claims of the men.

Mr James - What does he know about it?

Mr HUGHES - The men at Darwin are entitled to all the privileges that are extended to members of unions in the South, but to nothing more than that. It has been a fixed principle for many years that arbitration and strikes cannot proceed at the same time. The Arbitration Court has therefore always insisted upon men on strike returning to work before it will adjudicate in any dispute. That is the position at the moment in respect of Darwin. I express no opinion concerning the setting up of a local tribunal as that issue does not arise at the moment. The men at Darwin are being, offered arbitration on exactly the same terms and conditions as apply to unions in the South. With that they must be satisfied.

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