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Wednesday, 31 July 1946

Mr SPENDER (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - On the 11th July last, I addressed to the Acting AttorneyGeneral a question relating to ballots which were allegedly being held by unionists employed by Babcock and Wilcox Limited, the Purcell Engineering Company Proprietary Limited, and other firms to decide which employees should resign from them, thus ultimately causing a cessation of production. I received a reply to the effect that investigationswere being made. Since then, JudgeO'Mara has stated that if such ballots were being held with a view to compelling employers to pay wages in excess of the rates prescribed under the National Security (Economic Organization) Regulations, it was a criminal conspiracy. I ask the Acting Attorney-General to inform me what steps, if any, have been taken in pursuance of his assurance that he would investigate the matter, and what is the result?

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