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Friday, 25 July 1930

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I hope that the Senate will not permit the elimination of section 38d. We have already agreed to the removal of the penal provisions of the act in regard to strikes and lockouts, and now Senator Daly would have us remove the only remaining provision of the act which compels the members of an organization to recognize that if they do not obey an award they must forfeit something. The section provides that if an award is disobeyed it can be cancelled, and the workers lose all the benefits it gives to them. It is the greatest safeguard those workers who wish to continue their work could have. Its removal would handicap those who are always prepared to loyally abide by awards, but who are often intimidated to such a degree that they are compelled to go out on strike with others.

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