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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Senator FOLL (Queensland) .- If any honorable senator had any doubt as to how he should vote on this motion, I think that the speech of the Leader of the Senate (Senator Collings) has dispelled that doubt. He pleaded to us to stand by the Government in these difficult times. This Opposition has shown it is prepared to stand behind the Government in any action it may take in relation to our war effort. However, on the honorable senator's own admission, the Government is taking this opportunity to apply a party political principle against a certain section of workers engaged on the wharfs.

Senator Collings - I did not say anything of the kind.

Senator FOLL - T. have no doubt as to what the honorable senator said. He referred to the Permanent and Casual Wharf Labourers Union men as a " scab " organization, and a break-away organization.

Senator Collings - I object to the honorable senator's remark that I said that the Permanent and Casual Wharf Labourers Union was a " scab " organization. I did not say that.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Brown). - I ask the honorable senator to withdraw the remark to which exception has been taken.

Senator FOLL - If the Leader of the Senate says that the Permanent and Casual Wharf Labourers Union is not a " scab " organization, I accept his statement and withdraw my assertion that he said it was a "scab" organization. However, I heard some honorable senator opposite describe that organization as a " scab " organization.

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