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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Leader of the Opposition) . - in reply - I shall not delay the Senate unduly in replying to the debate. I would suggest to Senator Aylett that he should look at the report of his speech to-morrow morning, to see whether he still believes that the minimum rate for women should be reduced from 60 per cent, to 40 per cent, of that paid to males. I regret that the Minister for Trade and Customs (Senator Keane) was bold enough to say that Arbitration Court judges were biased. Such a statement will not help the war situation. By whatever Governments judges in this country have been appointed, the fact stands out that the professional honour of judges in the Arbitration and other courts is a credit to Australia, and is in keeping with the high traditions of the British judiciary. I resent the Minister's aspersions very much. The Government has tried to sidestep the issue by suggesting that the Opposition is anxious to have the wages of women reduced.

Senator Collings - The honorable senator is anxious to waste time.

Senator McLEAY - I ask the Leader of the Senate to state what business he has to place before the Senate after the present motion has been dealt with.

Honorable senators interjecting,

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