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Wednesday, 23 June 1926

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I wish to refer to two points mentionedby Senator Barnes. The honorable senator mentioned the possibility of the court being crowded by " persons " as defined in this clause. As head of an organization comprising 150,000 men, the honorable senator must know that it has repeatedly been represented in the court by half a dozen men.

Senator Barnes - Generally by one; but the organization has been responsible.

Senator LYNCH - The same argument should apply in other cases. Senator Barnes is of the opinion that the community is divided into two hostile camps - employers and employees - and that they are as distinct as the sexes. That is not the position. There are, it is true, two sections represented in every dispute; but, in addition, there is another section - the general community - which in the past has been sadly neglected. The opportunity is now being taken to consider its interests. Senator Barnes, from his own mining experiences, will know that 4,000 or 5,000 miners support a population of probably six times that number, whose interests are bound up with those of the miners! To protect them, this legislation has been introduced.

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