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Thursday, 15 May 1930

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator would be out of order in doing so.

Senator REID - It is well known that a gang of " crooks " associated themselves with the Waterside. Workers Federation, not to carry out legitimate work on the waterfront, but to indulge in pillaging. Their object was the same as that of that body of men who travel from shearing shed to shearing shed, not to engage in the legitimate work of shearing, but to indulge in gambling. Strictly speaking, they have nothing to do with the union. If this regulation is not disallowed, these " crooks " will again be in evidence. For the sake of the wharf labourers themselves, and for the sake of the good name of our Australian ports, we should .see that nothing is done which would give rise to the pillaging which took place in the past. On the grounds that I have mentioned, I shall support the motion for the disallowance of the regulation.

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