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Tuesday, 13 September 1904

Mr MCDONALD (Kennedy) - I move-

That all the words after " industry," line 7, be left out.

When clause 48 was under discussion and was carried, the general impression was that it was going to be recommitted, and in those circumstances this proviso was inserted in clause 62. In anycase, the words of the proviso are only downright hypocrisy, so far as the operation of the Bill is concerned.

Mr McCay - Did not the honorable member vote for their insertion?

Mr McDONALD - In the peculiar circumstances in which the Committee was placed at the time, I could not do anything else. I did not get a chance to vote against them. I had to accept either the honorable and learned gentleman's amendment or the other. I had to accept the lesser of two evils. It is no use to say that this is a Conciliation and Arbitration Bill, when it bears upon its face the stamp of fraud and hypocrisy. I desire the omission of the proviso because it would be impossible to put it into practice; for everything which a trade organization may do, must depend on political organization. Under these circumstances, even if this proviso were carried, it would be practically useless.

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