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Tuesday, 22 June 1937

Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) (by leave. - On Friday last, following a statement made by the Leader of the SenateSenator Pearce) , with reference to relief workers in Western Australia, I telegraphed to the State secretary of the Australian Workers Union in these terms : -

Pearce asserted Senate to-day when unemployed were put on relief work, Australian Workers Union Western Australia immediately demanded 25s. for ticket even though men starving. If unable find cash it must be stopped out of first pay. Sale of these extra tickets showed in union balance-sheet almost exactly amount increase expenditure pay political organizer. Please supply facts.

To that telegram I received the following reply : -

Men on relief works this State purchase union tickets by fortnightly instalment system at the rate of 2s.6d. per fortnight when working. No men on government relief in this State starving. No union dues stopped from relief workers unless at their own express desire. Branch secretary Johnson from this State arriving Sydney on Monday.

Would advise Pearce sec mental specialist. (Signed) E. Dalton, acting secretary.

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