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General Platform.

  • 8. Industrial Reform.
    • (a) Anti-Sweating Legisation, providing for punishment by imprisonment for breaches.
    • (b) Arbitration Act Amendemnt.
      • (1) The general provisions of the Act to be so enlarged as to make it impossible to apply for a writ of prohibition, except in cases where the Court flagrantly goes beyond its powers.
      • (2) An amendment of the Act in its definitions and general provisions so as to make it clearly apparent that the Arbitration Court is a Court with power to determine the general conditions of any industry for given periods at the instigation of either Unions of employers or employees.
      • (3) An amendment which will enable the Court in dealing with different industries to appoint Boards of Conciliation to assist it in the making of its awards.
      • (4) An amendment permitting the Court to grant a common rule on any industrial agreement where the parties thereto substantially represent an industry.
      • (5) An amendment directing the Court to take the profits of an industry into consideration in fixing minimum wages, such minimum not to be less than a living wage.
      • (6) An amendment excluding the legal profession and paid advocates, excepting bona-fide representatives of Unions of employees or bona-fide servants of employers from the Courts of Arbitration or Boards of Conciliation unless by consent of both parties to a reference.



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      • (7) An amendment providing expressly that all contract and piece work, where employees supply labor only, shall come under the jurisdiction of the Court.
      • (8) An amendment providing that all awards and orders of the Court shall be enforced by the Department of Labor, with power to Unions to proceed on [?] to compel the Minister to act where necessary.
      • (9) An amendment to provide that if an employer is represented on the taking of evidence in camera, employees shall also have the right of representation, and to empower the Court to appoint accountants to assist in its deliberations.
      • (10) An amendment providing for effective preference to Unionists.
      • (11) The Act if satisfactorily amended to be made permanent, and an additional Court to be appointed for two years to deal with mining and such other cases as may be referred to it by the Chief Court.
      • (12) An amendment to include domestic service as an industry under the Act.
      • (13) An amendment to give power to Unions to sue members in a local Court of Petty Sessions for the recovery of all arrears of subscriptions, levies, and fines, provided in their Rules.
    • (c) Regulation of hours of labor.
      • (1) The general reduction of the hours of labor to 44 per week on account of the increased productivity of Labor.
      • (2) That six hours be the recognised day for all underground workers.
      • (3) Amendment of the Early Closing Act on the lines as agreed upon at the Trades Union Congress, 1908.
      • (4) The abolition of night work in bake-houses.
    • (d) A minimum living wage in all occupations, sufficient reasonably to provide for the contingencies of a civilised life. A minimum wage for adult labor shall not be less than 8s. per day. Equal pay for women for equal work.
    • (e) Legislation to provide that payment of wages be a first charge on any assets available in connection with any occupation in which wages are earned.
    • (f) A Lien Bill.



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    • (g) Amending legislation to secure to Trade Unions the legal position occupied from the legalisation of Trade Unions until the Taff Vale decision altered the application of the law.
    • (h) Repeal of the Masters and Servants Act and the Agreements Validating Act.
    • (i) Amendment of the Trade Unions Act and the Apprentices Act to provide for compulsory apprenticeship and the abolition of premiums, and to provide that employers shall be compelled to properly teach their apprentices the trade or trades to which they have been indentured; also that a limitation be placed upon the number of apprentices in accordance with the number of tradesmen employed. The Act to be administered by the Department of Labor and Industry.
    • (j) A Right to Work Bill.
    • (k) The Labor Agency business to be conducted entirely by the State.
    • (l) Amendment of the Shops and Factories Act, 1896, on the lines agreed upon by the Trade Union Congress, 1908.
    • (m) Abolition of the age limit for employment in all Government Departments.
  • 9. The Encouragement of Agriculture.
    • (a) By the establishment of State mills for sugar, grain, and other produce.
    • (b) The establishment of a State Export Department.
    • (c) The establishment of the bulk system of handling grain.
    • (d) Any other matter which will be effective in assisting in the development of agriculture.
  • 10. State Pensions or Annuities to Residents of the State over 60 years of age and to Invalids; and abolition of State pensions, except those provided under the Old Age Pensions Act.
  • 11. Amendment of the Mining Laws to provide for—
    • (a) Mining on private property without payment of royalty other than to the State, or of rent or compensation except for actual value of land taken or damage done to land or improvements.
    • (b) The abolition of authorities to enter and the substitution therefor of mining on private land licenses.
    • (c) Qualified persons only to be appointed to administer the mining laws.



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    • (d) Abolition of the leasing system on all new gold-fields.
    • (e) Greater protection to persons engaged in the mining industries; inspectors to hold certificates of competency.
    • (f) Strict enforcement of the Labor conditions on leases.
  • 12. (a) All Government work to be executed in the State without the intervention of contractors.
    • (b) Prohibition of sub-letting.
    • (c) Standard Union wages to be the minimum paid on all Government and Municipal work.
  • 13. A Land Boiler and Machinery Inspection Bill to provide for the more effective supervision of all land engines, boilers, and machinery, and that all persons in charge of engines and boilers hold certificates of competency.
  • 14. Liquor Traffic Reform.
    • (a) State Option, with right to vote as to compensation.
    • (b) Plebiscite of electors, as to nationalising the Liquor Traffic.
  • 15. Amendment of the Navigation Act to provide for the more efficient control of navigation in connection with traffic on harbors and rivers, the suppression of crimping, and the restitution of the six months' survey clause.
  • 16. (a) With a view to the more equitable administration of justice, when a charge is preferred against a person and fails, expenses may be awarded against the Crown.
    • (b) A Crown Defender to be appointed and paid by the Government in all cases where a Crown Prosecutor is employed.
  • 17. Amendment of the State Children's Relief Act to provide that the mother of a State child should receive for its maintenance an amount equivalent to the maximum allowed a foster mother. Such amount to be payable until the child is 16 years of age.
  • 18. State Subsidy to Maternity.
  • 19. (a) All public hospitals to be supported by shire and municipal rates, together with Government subsidies.
    • (b) Boards controlling hospitals to be elected by adult suffrage.
    • (c) Women to have the same rights as men to be on the medical staff.
    • (d) The working hours of nurses to be forty-four hours per week.



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    • (e) In serious cases where patients are unable to reach hospitals, Government medical officers shall attend them in their homes or wherever located.
    • (f) All country hospitals should have a lunacy ward.
    • (g) A maternity ward to be attached to all hospitals, with provision for home treatment where necessary.
    • (h) All school children to be examined periodically by competent medical and dental officers and treated free where necessary.
    • (i) The establishment of Foundling Homes.
  • 20. (a) All Chinese furniture factories be restricted to forty-eight hours per week, and that the forty-eight hours be worked between 7.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays inclusive, and between 7.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and that overtime can only be worked after obtaining the sanction of the Department of Labor and Industry.
    • (b) Stamping of Chinese furniture and other manufactures.
  • 21. (a) Workers' dwellings to be constructed by the Government in suitable localities, and be let to those requiring them at reasonable rentals.
    • (b) Provision of small cottage homes for indigent aged couples.
    • (c) Amendment of the Landlord and Tenants Act to provide that in distress for rent cases the landlord shall leave in the possession of the tenant all necessary goods and chattels to the value of £20, together with tools of trade.
  • 22. Absorption of the Unemployed by—
    • (a) The establishment of State ironworks.
    • (b) The establishment of State farms and labor colonies.
    • (c) The establishment of State woollen mills and clothing factories.
  • 23. Nationalisation of any industry which becomes a private monopoly.
  • 24. The Nationalisation of Land.
  • 25. Nationalisation of Coal Mines.
  • 26. All iron required for State use to be produced from State mines.
  • 27. (a) Amendment of the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Act so that rates shall be assessed on the unimproved value of the land.
    • (b) Members of all Water and Sewerage Boards to be elected by adult suffrage.



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  • 28. MUNICIPAL COUNCILS.
  • Objective, Regulations, and Platform.

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