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Tuesday, 29 May 1928

Mr LATHAM (Kooyong) (AttorneyGeneral) . - I am interested to know that the final conclusion of the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Theodore) is that he opposes this particular clause. It deals with one thing, and with one thing only. It reduces the strike penalty from £1,000 to £50 in the case of members of trade unions. That is all that the clause does, and the only point that arises in connexion with it is whether the strike penalty should be left at £1,000 in the case of employees, or whether, on the other hand, it should be reduced to £50. The honorable member is opposed to the reduction. But I recommend it to the committee, because it appears to me to be a fair proposal. The observations of the honorable member have been entirely directed to clause 8, which we shall have an opportunity of considering when we reach it. At the present time, however, all we have to decide is the amount of the penalty. As to the eases in which organizations or persons are to be subject to the penalty, that is a matter that fairly calls for discussion under other clauses. Every reference to clause 8 is entirely irrelevant to clause 4, because clause 8 deals only with the liability of organizations, and not with the liability of persons as distinct from organizations. No alteration is proposed in clause 4 as to organizations, but only in relation to persons. Accordingly the changes in clause 8 have nothing to do with any of those in clause 4.

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