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Thursday, 26 March 1931

Transport Workers (Watersideworkers) Regulations.

1.   These Regulations may be cited as the Transport Workers (Waterside Workers) Regulations.

2.   - (1.) In the employment, engagement or picking up transport workers (being waterside workers) for work in or in connexion with the provisions of services in the transport of goods the subject of trade or commerce by sea with other countries or among the States, at ports in the Commonwealth to which Part III. of the Transport Workers Act 1928- 1929 applies, priority shall be given to those of such workers available for employment, engagement or picking-up at those ports, who are members of the Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia, an organization which is bound by an existing award of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration applicable to such employment:

Provided that nothing in this regulation shall operate to prevent the employment, engagement or picking-up of returned soldiers or returned sailors, as defined in section eightyone a of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904-1930, who were, at any time during the first six months of the year 1930, the holders of licences under PartIII. of the Transport Workers Act 1928-1929, in respect of any ports to which that Act applied at any time during that year. (2.) Any person who employs, engages or picks up a transport worker (being a waterside worker) in contravention of the last preceding sub-regulation shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalty: Ten pounds or imprisonment for one month.

I take this opportunity of very briefly, but emphatically, registering my protest against the action of the Government in flouting the Senate by almost immediately after certain regulations havebeen disallowed, re-imposing those regulations.

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