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INDUSTRIAL LEGISLATION.

-i . .. .'■""...".~'y. ~-Trz~-?/,t.'^t : '-J\'-AusntAiiiAii-;vißn:Qß's -V^-' niPEESSIONS; • ;.' A Jromirietifc iabouf'inemfcer • 6f. the Queens/land State ParlmnaSnt in Mr. Vi B. J. LeSiria is on 'a vifet/td New Zealand inquiring into iita taboiit laws: - OMS Lcsina, who is it '.in Dunedih, was interviewed by a "Diiiy Tides'"ire-" porter as to the impressions he hoe bo f»r gained of this country. , ~.. "New Zealand," said Mr. Lesina, "is regarded by our ; Australian legislators as the Mecca of labour politicians. I. am looking into your -indurtrial; WgMlaidon and the social development of tie.people under that I iit* quiring into the experiments' tiat' have? , been made.iiirthe'settlenieiifr-pf the drink problem. I came armed with a letter pi introduction Jfrdm iMr. Kidapfi,; -Premier of Queensland, to the friine Alihister of New Zealand, who has kindly afforded mc every facility for obtaining, information, One thing that haVeiiucTc'riie'fdnS Tbly is that although you have a iarga.. amount of labour have, , in fact, every plank- of the Qucenslaiui labour, plartform in. active > operationthere does not seem to be any gieat diit ferenbe between the condition of ihe_ workers in New Zealand and the worker* in Queensland that one Would imaginS would result from so much legjslatioi.; On arrival in Wellington I wis :: aihaiei r at the pessiniistic tt>tie of the Chairnitin of the Chamber of Comnierire ras t6;the future of New Zealand. Hie expresgiba* were re-echoed by the dhairm&ri' df ;• similar body in Auckland. It sounded to mc like calamity howling;- -O| cqursa they may be on safe ground, for certainly some of the primary industries have suffered within the last year of two. " Then the unemployed problem is ; very evident in New Zealand. Quite recently a number of men, principally bricklayers! left New Zealand for Queensland to ,'tatt; .up employment there, but. this' 1' very strongly deprecate. If is ilot, a gooa thing for employers in one cplony t6 play o off men on employers'in another colony, i and vice versa. -Each colony-should absorb its own labouras far as.jpgssible. Tliese bricldayers have secured einpi&yment in Brisbane at 12/ per day, wiiica is equal to 15/ per day in New Zealand,, for. the reason that the cost of living ia much cheaper there than it is here, -Tto high house-rent was a- matter that I co)U4' not help noticing in Welling'tian. ].(; it practically three times higher ' than u> j Brisbane. Houses in Wellington, f.or. ' which 15/ per week is demanded artofc, tainabie in Brisbane fpr 5/6. or %h taries of unions whom I have interviewed; all complain of the high rents, waipa; take away afl the advantages of.the,i* ireased wages under the Arbitration Act Wages in Queensland are determined by free competition, tempered 'V&?*fflfm& unionism.

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INDUSTRIAL LEGISLATION. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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