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Wednesday, 29 November 1905

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In what respect does the word " association, ' ' as used in this clause, differ from the word in the definition clause?

Mr Isaacs - In this clause the association is one which undertakes the examination of any goods.

Mr Johnson - Cannot a trade union do that?

Mr Isaacs - I never heard of such a thing.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - A trade union is formed for the specific purpose of making inquiry into the conditions under which goods are produced. It exists principally to see that goods are manufactured under fair conditions.

Mr Watson - Trade unions do not examine goods to arrive at that decision.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - They must necessarily examine the goods in order to do so. The honorable member knows that they do.

Mr Watson - I do not.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In what other way could they appraise their work ? In what other way could they decide the conditions to be observed' from the unionist stand-point ? " Conditions of manufacture " are words which refer to something other than quality or mode, or make-up of goods, and it would be part of the functions of a wellregulated trade union to see that only goods manufactured under union conditions were certified to. The insertion of the words in the clause may have been accidental, but the Attorney-General hag shown a recognition of the force of the criticism which they have provoked in his willingness to suggest an amendment to meet it.

Mr. McCAY(Corinella). - I intend to move the omission of the words " or conditions," but before doing so, I should like to know what suggestion the AttorneyGeneral has to make for meeting the criticism which has been offered to the clause?

Mr Isaacs - I propose to add as subclause 3 the words -

This section shall as to conditions of manufacture apply to Commonwealth and State authorities only.

Mr. GLYNN(Angas). - I think that the Attorney-General might consent to strike out the words "any association or person." There is reason in the Commerce Bill, and possibly in some States Acts, for providing for the marks of a Commonwealth or State authority, though I do not know that it is very desirable to extend the functions of Government in the manner proposed.

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