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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Senator McBRIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The honorable senator's interjection is beside thepoint. Until a reference is made to the Court, and until the court shows that it is unable to give reasonably prompt decisions, no board such as has been constituted under this statutory rule is necessary. The Government's action has proved, what many of us have believed over a period of years, that the Labour party is prepared to support the Arbitration Court only when it gives verdicts favorable to the Labour movement. As soon as there was any doubt about the Arbitration Court's attitude, the Government used its emergency powers to take time by the forelock and appoint a hoard to act in place of the court. The board will be completely biased and weighted against the employers. If I am a reliable judge, its decisions will not be just, but will be influenced by party political considerations. I hope that the Senate will agree to the motion of the Leader of the Opposition, and disallow this statutory mie.

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