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Friday, 15 May 1942

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the refusal of Chief Judge Piper, of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration, on the 24th March, to grant a claim by the Federated Clerks Union for the application of the principle of preference to unionists, will the Prime Minister state Why, in a census form for tally clerks issued under the National Security (Man Power) Regulations, information is sought as to whether the employee is a member of the Federated Clerks Union, and, if so, what is the number of his union card? May the House regard this as an attempt on the part of the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr.Ward) to intimidate men into joining the union; or is it a part of the Government's policy to effect compulsory unionism other than by a decision of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration?

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