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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator BARKER (Victoria) . - I cannot support the Government proposal. I believe in the new Protection pure and simple. The' less that is said' about the condition of those who work in these mills the better. They are not getting fair wages, nor do they labour under reasonable conditions. I shall vote against extending increased protection to our paper mills until they give their employes better treatment. To my own knowledge, they have refused to pay them a fair remuneration. They also opposed the establishment of a Wages Board in connexion with the industry, and when the Wages Board Bill was before the Legislative Council of Victoria they petitioned it not to grant their employes a fair measure of justice.

Senator Stewart - Perhaps they cannot afford to pay fair wages.

Senator BARKER - But they canafford to pay good dividends. As a party the Labour party desire to give effect to the new Protection, which seeks to extend protection alike to the employe and the consumer as well as to the manufacturer. But here we are asked to grant an increased measure of protection to manufacturers without any regard to their treatment of" their employes. , I will not vote for increased protection to any industry in whichsweating occurs.

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