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Thursday, 24 June 1937


Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - As the Assistant Minister in charge of the bill is aware, the Opposition is entirely opposed to the Transport "Workers Act as a whole. I am pleased that it is now sought to ameliorate tinpresent position by allowing the term of suspension of a licence to be reduced to one month. We do not oppose that proposal because wc believe that it is a step in the right direction, but we are opposed definitely to the whole system of licensing waterside workers. I emphasize that we shall vigorously oppose any increase of the number of ports to which licensing applies, although I accept the assurance of the Assistant Minister that the ports mentioned in the bill are exactly the same as those to which the act has been already applied by proclamation. I have no other comment to make, except that the Opposition regards the bill as the the Government's responsibility, but if, at the next election, the electors give us the opportunity to do so, we shall remove the Transport Workers Act from the statute-book.







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