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Wednesday, 30 July 1930

Senator HOARE - That does not alter the position. If it is reasonable to insert in legislation relating to secondary industries provisions providing for Arbitration Court awards or wages board determinations, similar conditions should be inserted in bills dealing with primary industries that receive bounty payments. If the proposal is so objectionable to Senator Payne, there is nothing to prevent the Government from withdrawing the bill altogether. I hope that the clause will be passed in its present form so that the flax-growing industry may be developed and placed on a satisfactory footing, mid reasonable conditions be observed. After all, the taxpayers of the Commonwealth will foot the bill, and, I feel sure, that they do not wish to see sweated labour conditions introduced in any Commonwealth industry. Senator Payne's one concern appears to be to reduce wages for all sections of the workers. This is a short-sighted policy. It is a wellrecognized economic principle that high wages mean an increased purchasing power for the community generally. I cannot follow the honorable senator's arguments. Apparently, he draws an imaginary line between what are regarded as reasonable conditions of employment in secondary industries and reasonable conditions in primary industries. Both should be treated similarly. The majority of honorable senators agreed to a similar provision in the Cotton Industries Bounty Bill. To be consistent they should accept this clause.

Senator Payne - Will the honorable senator give me credit for being consistent in regard to both measures?

Senator HOARE - I give the honorable senator credit for endeavouring to destroy the Cotton Industries Bounty Bill, just as he is seeking to kill this measure.

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