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Thursday, 3 June 1926

Senator MILLEN (Tasmania) . - I think Senator Drake-Brockman has failed to appreciate, and, consequently, has not correctly stated, the attitude taken up by Senator Elliott. Senator Lynch this afternoon gave us a resume of the hours of labour and wages paid in Australia and in Great Britain. He was followed by Senator Guthrie, who showed that employees in the industry in Australia were working fewer hours per week than employees doing the same class of work in England, and were receiving considerably higher wages. Senator Elliott then returned to the comparison made by Senator Lynch, and stressed the point that if, in determining the measure of protection necessary for an industry, we take into consideration the wages paid in an industry here and in the Old Country, we must also take into account the hours worked. If we are going to have a working week of, say, 20 hours, then, instead of an 80 per cent, tariff, we must have one of 160 per cent. That, I think, was Senator Elliott's contention. He did not declare himself in favour of a working week of 48 hours or 44 hours, but dealt with this question merely on a comparative basis, and in that respect I am with him.

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