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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White) has twice addressed himself to this clause, and the Minister did not interject. I intend now to ensure that the Minister is not interrupted, and I will not cai] honorable members to order again.

Mr HOLLOWAY - The irrelevant interjection of the honorable member for Balaclava shows that he has already lost his case. As I have said, the engineering unions will not close their books against new members. They have been parties to the scheme from the- beginning. Were it not for their cooperation, Australia could not have made such a splendid war effort. Therefore, it is in bad taste to suggest that members of the Amalgamated Engineering Union, which has done so much for the country, would refuse to let ex-servicemen work with them, even if they were recognized tradesmen. I have so much faith in the men associated with the union that I have not the slightest fear that they will act in the way suggested. Honorable members opposite have also suggested that unless servicemen are. accepted by the unions they will not be allowed to work. I- will not admit that that is correct.

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