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Thursday, 11 July 1946


Mr SPENDER (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Under the National Security (Economic Organization) Regulations wages are pegged at rates ruling on a. certain date, and it is illegal both for an employee to receive, and an employer to pay, wages in excess of those rates. To the management of certain firms namely, the Purcell Engineering Co, Pty. Ltd., and Babcock and Wilcox Ltd., both of Sydney, members of the Federated Ironworkers Union and the Moulders Union have intimated that, unless they are paid an over-all increase of 10s. a week, ballots will be taken each week to decide which employees shall resign from these firms, thus defying the law, and visiting' great loss upon the employers. As this action would be a breach of the National Security Regulations and of the Commonwealth Crimes Act, rendering those concerned liable to heavy penalties, does the acting Attorney-General propose -to take any steps to uphold the laws that this Government itself introduced?







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