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Tuesday, 29 May 1928

Mr KILLEN (Riverina) .- I am surprised that honorable members opposite have expressed so much opposition to the imposition of penalties. . If the law is to be enforced, penalties are necessary. The great majority of honorable members opposite have definitely told us that they believe in compulsory arbitration. The Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) said that if a person supported compulsory arbitration he should be prepared to obey its awards. I agree with him. The imposition of penalties is the only way in which we can ensure that awards will be reasonably well obeyed. The honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin) said "It has been the sincere desire of the Opposition to improve our system of compulsory arbitration." I suggest to him that penalties are essential if the system is to be improved. It appears as though the Opposition desires to have a system of arbitration under which the workers may strike when the awards are not acceptable to them. We must ensure that that shall not be done with impunity. I consider that the penalties provided in this clause are necessary.

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