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In the Assembly, Mr Wade made a strong appeal to the Government to uphold the Arbitration Act, even to the point of prosecuting the strikers, who are flouting' the law. '' It is the Ministry's duty to see that thd food supply is maintained in the public interest," .said.Mr Wade. "The result of. Ministerial inaction and the hollow cry of nationalisation was encouraging the men to break the law, and then, when the employers were helpless in the. toils, their businesses would be seized, thus. going back to the old bushranging days." ' '/■■

Mr Holman, ;in reply, said the Government had sworn to uphold the law, and if the need arose it would do it. " Happily," he continued^ "no such question has yet arisen, and I do not anticipate that it will. >Up till yesterday the Government had fair ground for believing that a. settlement had been reached, but apparently today it is confronted with the necessity of: doing something to restore the supply of ; an. absolutely necessary commodity. If that fa so, we will face the position immediately, and take what, steps are necessary in the supreme interests oft the community. If information of breaches of the law are forthcoming, prosecutions wouW follow. If the masters got men the Government;;would protect them."

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DISCUSSION IN THE ASSEMBLY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914

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DISCUSSION IN THE ASSEMBLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914

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