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Wednesday, 15 June 1904

Mr LONSDALE (New England) - In my opinion the clause is useless. If the provisions of the measure are unconstitutional, these awards will have no effect ; but if they are constitutional, the clause is mere surplusage, because the Constitution itself provides that the State authority must recognise all laws passed by this Parliament whose validity is unquestionable. The intention seems to be to apply the Bill to purely State disputes. I do not think that this interference will be effectual if the States dispute the authority of the Court, and appeal to the High Court to determine its constitutionality. To conceive the idea of a Federal dispute among the barbers requires a good imagination.

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