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Thursday, 3 December 1914

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - I ask honorable senators to let the question go in its present form. It is subject to regulation, and when the Government has to specify the qualifications, honorable senators can rest assured that a Labour Government, in sympathy with the workers, is not likely to enact that a man who mends deck chairs is a qualified shipwright or ship's carpenter. There is plenty of time for the matter to be settled, and the two unions are now conferring to get over the difficulty. I am sure that common sense will prevail and that a workable arrangement will be made. The provision can be amended if necessary in another place. In the meantime no injustice will be done.

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