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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY - The honorable member for Warringah has not made clear the exact matter on which he wishes action to be taken. He stated that the ironworkers and moulders are demanding an increase of pay and are threaten ing, if their request be not granted, to hold ballots to decide which members shall resign from their employment.

Mr Spender - They are holding ballots now.

Mr HOLLOWAY - Does the honorable member want to know whether the Government will take some action against the men if they receive an increase of wages?

Mr Spender - No. Will action bc taken to prevent them from continuing their criminal conduct?

Mr HOLLOWAY - If their conduct is a breach of State awards, then it is a matter for State authorities.

Mr Spender - It is a Commonwealth law and a Commonwealth crime.

Mr HOLLOWAY - No offence has yet been committed.

Mr Spender - There has been more than one.

Mr HOLLOWAY - The Commonwealth Government cannot fight a shadow, and until the offence becomes a reality no action can be taken.

Mi1. Spender. - There is no shadow about this. The union is talking about pulling its members out of the two firms I have mentioned.

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