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Tuesday, 22 June 1926

Senator REID (Queensland) .- Speaking as a layman, it seems to me that Senator Lynch's amendment, which has enlisted the sympathy of Senator Barwell, will create a great deal of trouble, because it will vitally affect all employees -in State railway workshops, the engineers, coachbuilders, carpenters, joiners, and other federated industrial, organizations, which are operating under awards made by the Federal Arbitration Court. They will not give up their rights without a struggle. If an attempt is made to insert in the Constitution a provision exempting State instrumentalities, we shall have the organized opposition of all these federated unions. Even if it were possible so to frame the amendment as to express clearly what Senator Lynch intends to convey, I should oppose it, because it will lead to so much trouble.

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