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Wednesday, 30 July 1930

Senator McLACHLAN (South Australia) . - I do not know what has engendered all the heat shown by the Minister. The honorable gentleman has missed the point made by Senator Herbert Hays when he said that flax-growing was a seasonal industry. Senator Hays said that some of the employees on a farm may be employed for a few hours a day, or occasionally, in dealing with flax. It seems to me that the judge would have regard to that condition. If not, no flax would be grown, because it could not be grown economically if the only person to be considered were the employee. I think that Senator Payne's point is met in sub-clause 3. The authority would have regard to the nature of the industry. The judge of the Arbitration Court would not act as an arbitration judge, but as an adviser of the Minister regarding what is fair and reasonable in the industry. He would not make an award at all.

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