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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr HOLT (Faulkner) .- This bill seeks to restore in the unions concerned pre-war. practices. I understand that, before the Avar, recognized tradesmen included those persons who had qualified by apprenticeship in a particular trade, and also those who had been elevated, by their, employers, and were thereafter paid tradesmens' rates. Such persons were regarded by their employers and by the unions also as fully qualified, and were accepted by the union for membership as fully fledged tradesmen. I now ask the Minister to state, out of his long experience in industrial matters, what is the approximate number of such persons in the unions under review, and what proportion of them would to-day be recognized as tradesmen under the provisions of- the bill. .

The point raised by the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. .Spender) about tradesmen who come here from other countries is important. The Minister for Migration (Mr. Calwell) said that it was proposed to bring to Australia 1,000 building tradesmen. Can the Minister inform the committee what will bc the position of those men when they arrive ?

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