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Friday, 15 December 1905

Question - That paragraph c be agreed to - put. The Committee divided.

DIVISION:AYES 14 (3 majority) NOES 11 PAIRS 0

Majority ... ... 3





Question resolved in the affirmative.

Paragraph c agreed to.

Senator GIVENS(Queensland).- In regard to paragraph d, it is highly important that Parliament should have this information each year. Honorable senators have expressed a desire that the wages and other conditions of labour in Australia shall not be lowered or altered in any way, and to that end it is necessary to know how the Act is working.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia). - I suggest to Senator Givens that he should not press paragraph d. No doubt the information would be valuable, but it can be obtained by moving for a return, when necessary. An annual return might prove as bulky as Hansard, seeing that, as all contracts differ, each would have to be shown separately. What would be the value of such a return ? Immigrants would be working under the contracts, and I cannot see in what way Parliament could take any action.

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