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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The Government has considered this proposal, but, as it pointed out in a letter which was sent to both the employers' and the employees' organizations, it desires to have a wellbalanced delegation representative as far as possible of the main groups of industry, and unless there is a co-ordination of nomination by some central authority, that object probably could not, or would not, be attained. For instance, if six, or even four, different authorities made selections, they might, in the case of the employers' representatives, confine the selection to the iron trade, for example, disregarding the textile industry, the timber industry, or any other industry. Similarly with the trade union delegates, one industry might supply all the representatives. The object which the Government has in view, I repeat, is to obtain a balanced delegation representative as widely as possible of Australian industry.

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