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Wednesday, 13 May 1931

Senator BARNES (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - In all probability the Government will support the Protector of Aborigines in the stand that he has taken in connexion with the rate of pay for aboriginal drovers in the Northern Territory.

With regard to the matter raised by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Pearce), I have not yet had an opportunity of studying the judgment to which he referred, and, therefore, I do not propose to make any comment upon it. As to the rights of this chamber, honorable senators may rest assured that at all times I shall endeavour to guard them jealously. But they should not forget that the Labour party went to the country with the repeal of the Transport Workers Act as part of its policy.

Senator Sir Hal Colebatch - Why not repeal it?

Senator BARNES - The Labour party won the election on the policy placed before the electors. This chamber does not reflect the views of the .electors. Having tho people behind it, the Government is justified in exhausting every means in its power to give effect to its policy. If it cannot get its measures passed through both Houses of Parliament, it is justified in giving effect to its policy by other means. I am not prepared to say that the Government will give up the making of regulations. With regard to the threat of the Leader of the Opposition that, by a process of attrition and exhaustion, it will intimidate those on this side of the chamber, I inform the Senate that the challenge is accepted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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