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Friday, 20 March 1931


Senator DUNN (New South Wales) . - I am surprised that the Leader of the Opposition should ask the Senate to disallow a regulation promulgated by the Government. On many occasions I have heard the right honorable gentleman speak of the necessity for maintaining law and order. Indeed, he so frequently spoke in that way, that I was led to believe that he was a firm believer in the principle that law and order should be maintained at all costs. Yet, when a Government, of which he is not a member, brings in a regulation with the object of promoting peace and harmony on the waterfront, the right honorable gentleman is prepared to throw a spanner into the wheel of industry. When these regulations were first put into operation, their validity was challenged by the shipowners of Australia and the agents of ship-owners in other countries. They appealed to the High Court to disallow them, but the High Court ruled they were valid.


Senator Herbert Hays - Was the decision of the Court unanimous?


Senator DUNN - That is not the question; it was the decision of the majority of the judges of the High Court. Mr. Justice McTiernan refused to adjudicate on the case because of action taken by him while a member of another place. With the exception of Mr. Justice McTiernan, the remainder of the judges held that the regulations were valid.


Senator Foll - We do not question their validity, but we say that they were not proper regulations for a government to make.

Other Opposition senators interjecting,


Senator DUNN - I appeal to you, Mr. President, for protection from the hostile attacks of honorable senators opposite.







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