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Thursday, 24 May 1928

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Bayley (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - I did not hear the honorable member for Dalley make the statement referred to by the honorable the AttorneyGeneral. If I had I should have immediately called upon him to withdraw it.

Mr THEODORE - I made allusion to a packed Bench. If that remark is unparliamentary, I shall withdraw it.

Mr Latham - The honorable member said that the judges were partisans of the worst type.

Mr THEODORE - I speak with personal knowledge of one member of the

Arbitration Court. If what I have said about him is unparliamentary, I shall withdraw it. If it is held to be unparliamentary, I have no opportunity of justifying the statement. The way has been carefully prepared for the destruction or weakening of industrialism in Australia. The bill is designed to throttle unionism and terrorize its members. It has hardly one good feature. Under it the Government proposes to set up conciliation committees and appoint industrial inspectors, but these minor steps in our industrial progress by no means justify the introduction of this measure, which should be rejected in its entirety.

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