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Wednesday, 30 July 1930


Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - The arguments of honorable senators opposite destroy each other. Senator Carroll said that he objected to this proposal mainly because flaxgrow.ing, being a seasonal industry, would make it impossible to lay down hard and fast conditions. He said that he did not object to fair wages, but he suggested that, if certain conditions were laid down by the court, the harvesting of the crop might be interfered with. Senator Herbert Hays said that the work of growing flax may, in some instances, occupy only a few hours of the employees' time. Then is it objectionable to fix the conditions of labour, owing to the scramble and hustle in harvesting the crop, as implied by Senator Carroll, or because, as Senator Herbert Hays said, it is such a fragment of a general industry that it should not be legislated for on the lines proposed? In these mixed industries it is possible that dairying is carried on under a certain amount of control ; but if some other industry is carried on in conjunction with dairying, those engaged in that industry should not be deprived of fair wages and conditions. Similar arguments could be applied to other measures, including the Cotton Bounty Bill, which has already been passed by this Parliament.







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