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Friday, 25 July 1930

Senator REID (Queensland) . - No honorable senator wishes to encourage employers to avoid their responsibilities under Federal and State awards, but I object to any provision in the law which will have the effect of making employees act the part of detectives. This proposed new section will not prove an effective safeguard against the employer who wishes to disobey the awards of the court. I feel sure that in the incident mentioned by Senator Guthrie it was the secretary of the Geelong union who demanded union rates of wages for the men concerned. The secretary would do this to bolster up his own position. Unfortunately, there are in this country not a few of these individuals who are always seeking to make trouble. Recently we heard of an employer in Queensland who, while travelling in his motor car, gave a swagman a lift. The man opened the gates for him in the course of the day's run, and later the secretary of the union to which this man belonged, sent a letter to the employer demanding award rates, arguing that he had employed the man to open the gates for him.

Senator Dunn - That story appeared in the Sydney Bulletin seven years ago.

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