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Tuesday, 19 April 1904

Mr CROUCH (CORIO, VICTORIA) - I wish to ask the Prime Minister, without notice, if his attention has been drawn to an interview with the Minister for Trade and Customs which was published in the Melbourne Herald on Saturday evening last. The Minister for Trade and Customs is there reported to have said : -

He saw considerable difference between the position of the railway employes and that of the State servants generally, as. the former were under the control of Commissioners, whilst State servants had members and Ministers before whom they could bring their grievances.

Does that expression of opinion indicate a change of front or of policy on the part of the Government in regard to the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill ?

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