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Friday, 26 July 1946

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Barnard (BASS, TASMANIA) -. - 'Order! Strikes in New South Wales have, nothing to do with the motion.

Mr FRANCIS - The severity of the taxes imposed upon industry affects the success of industrial concerns, and, there7 fore their ability to pay taxes and to produce more of the goods and services that are so urgently needed. Similarly, if men cannot obtain work, they cannot earn incomes, and, therefore, they cannot pay taxes. I submit, therefore, that strikes have a definite bearing on taxation. Because of strikes many workers have been able to obtain only intermittent employment. Strikes have retarded the development of industries in which ex-servicemen hoped to obtain employment. The result is that those who fought for their country are being denied the security for which they fought, and to which they are entitled. Up to date, 480,000 men have been discharged from the armed forces. Many of them are looking for work

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