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Friday, 20 March 1931

"Must Obey" - Burdens Increased.

London, Friday. " We must obey the law, but we sincerely regret the decision, as we feel that the Government's attitude constitutes interference with the liberty of the subject, and will still further damage Australia's external credit," stated ship-owners interested, in a statement issued to-day concerning the High Court ruling upholding the Commonwealth Government's decision giving preference to members of the Waterside Workers Federation.

This is the view of overseas ship-owners, who are. directly concerned in the working conditions on the Australian waterfront. Have they or their representatives been in conference with the right honorable the Leader of the Opposition? I venture to say that they have, and because of his former association with the Australian Labour Party he takes advantage of this opportunity to submit a motion which, he believes will, if carried, htimiliate the Government. Similar action was taken yesterday in connexion with ordinances relating to the Northern Territory. These pin-pricks are intended to irritate the workers. The situation on the waterfront in Australia is not satisfactory. Not so long ago the Premier of South Australia (Mr. Hill) instructed two plain-clothes police officers to make a special investigation into an allegation that a considerable number of aliens were working ships in Port Adelaide. They reported that on one particular vessel all the 60 men working four hatches were foreigners, and that 90 per cent, of these aliens could not speak the English language.


Senator Hoare - And they always get preference.







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