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Friday, 8 June 1928


Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) .- I have no wish to interpose at this late hour in such an interesting discussion between two legal luminaries, because I am quite satisfied that they have converted themselves each to the other's way of thinking. But they have not solved the problem facing the industrial world. I instance the problem which beset the pastoral industry about two years ago, when the award was being revised. The Federal court, that is said to transcend all the State court awards, made an award for 39s. a 100 for shearing. The State court in New South Wales dealt with the matter subsequently, and granted an award of. 45s. Of course, the shearers shore at the State award rate. And how helpless was the Federal court, that trans.cends the State court, to make its award operative! Why should courts be set up to fix wages and determine conditions if the men are to be allowed subsequently to take the law into their own hands? In the case to which I have referred there was no strike. The men simply determined that they would accept the Stat* award.


Mr Latham - The employers, in fact, agreed to pay what the men demanded.


Mr Scullin - It was a mutual agreement.


Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - That doe3 not answer the case. There was no way out but for the employers to pay what the men demanded or lose the value of their wool, as grass seeds were ripening.







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