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Wednesday, 11 August 1920

Mr WATKINS (Newcastle) .- The object of the amendment is to define the class of organizations which will benefit by this particular legislation. In the past, there have been fights to secure registration under the Arbitration Act between the recognised trade unions and those who joined together for the purpose of defeating trade unionism, and apparently the honorable member for Adelaide (Mr. Blundell) submitted his amendment with the idea of providing a definition of a genuine trade union. However, his attempt, as he now sees, would really impose a limitation on certain bodies which might seek to take advantage of this piece of legislation. Every one knows that Trades and Labour Councils are the heads of the industrial organizations in their respective.' States.

Mr GREGORY - But they may refuse to recognise some organization, and thus prevent it from coming within the scope of this Bill.

Mr WATKINS - Undoubtedly. That is the whole trouble. Bodies which are refused recognition by a Trades and Labour Council are organizations which the workmen of this country propose to watch. I am glad that the honorable member has seen fit to withdraw his amendment so that the real discussion on this issue may take, place on the amendment to be submitted later on by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor).

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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