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Friday, 8 December 1905

Senator DOBSON (Tasmania) - I desire Senator Keating to tell me what is the meaning of the words, " are the exclusive production of the worker or of members of the association," in the clause before the Committee. Am I to understand that if, out of 200 workers in a boot factory, 190 are unionists and ten do not belong to the association claiming the mark, the product of the factory will not be the exclusive work of the association?

Senator Keating - Undoubtedly ; but a man may have fifty unionists and fifty non-unionists.

Senator Millen - A highly improbable position.

Senator DOBSON - I wish to ask the Minister to explain whether it will not be quite sufficient to adopt Part VIIa. If the presence of one non-unionist in a factory will prevent the goods from being the exclusive production of the unionists, what is the use of Part VII. at all ? Sometimes it might be of use, but very often it could not be. This appears to me to be one of those cases in which every effort will be made by unionists to insist upon the other men entering the union. Under the clause the employer would not be able to use the union label unless every single employe belonged to the union. That is the most effective way of boycotting which could be conceived of. As the Labour Party have stated that their object is only to secure a fair chance for the employe to have his label, I ask Senator Keating to state with what arguments he can justify the retention of Part VII.

Senator Millen - It is too late for arguments now.

Senator Keating - I think I gave them vesterday.

Senator DRAKE(Queensland). - I shall be glad if the Minister will state whether, under the provisions as they stand now, a manufacturer employing union labour only could compel the proprietor of a workers' trade mark to grant the use of it.

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