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Tuesday, 3 July 1906
Page: 975

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) . - If there be any question of consistency involved in this matter, I think that the leader of the Labour Party and the honorable member for Bass can fairly claim to have been consistent. But there are other honorable members opposite who did support the proposal to exempt the farming classes from the operation of the Arbitration Bill.

Mr Carpenter - There is no parallel between the two cases.

Mr KELLY - The claim that there was did not originate with me. The honorable member for Bass appeared to think that there was an analogy between the two. But I did not rise, however, with the object of drawing attention to the painful position occupied by any honorable member opposite. I rose chiefly to ask a question which has a very serious bearingupon this matter. The point which I desire to put to the AttorneyGeneral is that it will be difficult for any industry of the agricultural class in Australia to compete with any similar industry in the Commonwealth if the words. " any Australian industry," which appear in clauses 4 and 5, mean the whole of the industry, and not merely a portion of it.

I ask the Attorney- General what is the exact meaning of those words.

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