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Thursday, 30 November 1905

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Batchelor - The honorable member is not in order in reading an extract relating to a debate in the House.

Mr JOHNSON - Privately I shall point out to the honorable member for Wide Bay the passages in which he referred to the Trade Marks Bill, and the reason for its introduction. The real object of the union label 'is to secure preference to unionists by another method than that which was adopted in the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill. I should like to know how some honorable members who have most trenchantly denounced that principle are now to be found in a Government which is not only supporting, but putting forward, proposals for its enactment. I refer to the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, and the Postmaster-General.

Mr Isaacs - That has been said halfadozen times.

Mr Poynton - Is the honorable member in order in repeating statements which have been made by the honorable and learned member for Illawarra and others in this regard ?

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