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Friday, 8 December 1905


Senator MULCAHY (Tasmania) - I move -

That the amendment be amended by inserting after the word " horticultural," in proposed new clause 76A, the words "(including fruit-preserving and jam-making)".

We are, by this legislation, practically endeavouring to compel Tasmania to enact industrial legislation.


Senator Findley - It is about time she did.


Senator MULCAHY - I am not arguing whether she should or should not do so. Probably if industrial legislation had been proposed while I was a member of the Tasmanian Parliament it would have had my assistance. But Tasmania is a sovereign State, and has not given the right to this Commonwealth to force her into the position of either enacting, industrial legislation, or submitting to having her products boycotted. In Victoria there is legislation of an industrial character for the purpose of fixing wages in certain trades. I think that the general effect of that legislation has been beneficial. But Tasmania has not seen fit to adopt it. It applies, amongst other trades, to jam-making. The jammaker in Victoria has to pay certain prescribed wages. Under the latter portion of the new clause under consideration, the jam-maker of Tasmania, who will be debarred from using the Commonwealth label, may practically be forced to use a union label, or have his goods boycotted.


Senator de Largie - Tasmanian jammakers can adopt a non-union mark if they like.


Senator MULCAHY - I know that ; but Tasmania must be the best judge of what suits her interests in that respect. We have no right, directly or indirectly to coerce any State to make laws of which the majority of her people do not approve. If my amendment is not accepted - and I see no reason why it should not be - I shall subsequently propose that this new clause be eliminated.

Senator MILLEN(New South Wales). - I wish to suggest that further divisions will be of no service. We know that an arrangement was made to terminate this business to-day. The division on Senator Pulsford's amendment was regarded as a test. If there were any reasonable prospect of securing an amendment of the clause, I should support it, but the last two divisions have made it abundantly clear that the Committee is of opinion that these clauses should be adopted as they stand. For that reason, I suggest to Senator Mulcahy that it is useless for him to presshis amendment.







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