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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - Those opposing the amendment either will not, or cannot, see the point of it. The Act passed last year undoubtedly increased the jurisdiction of the Court in many material ways, but this measure is really introduced to restrict it. Its duration is restricted because it is an emergency measure arising out of the war. Senator Guthrie wants that restriction to apply also to the cases covered by the Bill, but those who oppose the amendment are so imbued with the desire to get the Bill through in its present form that they will not recognise the logic of Senator Guthrie's position. If the measure is intended to apply only to matters arising out of the war, why do the Government oppose the thing when it is" put into black and white? It would have been better for Senator Findley to try to understand the amendment instead of telling us of the Attorney-General's great trade union experience. Mr. Hughes is probably a great trade unionist, but there are others who have had as great experience in trade unionism as he has. Some of us were prominent trade unionists before he was known in the movement. We do not regard him as the only maj to be followed, and I, for one, shall not go down on my knees in any hero-worship of that sort. When a measure is brought before us, we have a right to see how it can be improved, no matter how great the experience of the man who introduces it. I am quite prepared to give Mr. Hughes his meed of praise for what li9 has done - just as the man who has introduced this amendment is deserving of credit - but that does not alter the fact that the amendment is closely relevant to the measure, and would help to achieve its real object. I heartily support it.

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