AUSTRALIA: Bruce's Swan Song

Five weeks ago Stanley Melbourne Bruce, youngest Prime Minister of a British dominion, was forced by canny, wrinkle-eyed ex-Premier William Morris ("Billy") Hughes to issue a call for a general election on the issue of abolishing Federal arbitration of trades union disputes (TIME, Sept. 23). The duty of the state to apply compulsory arbitration is one of the cornerstones of Australia's labor policy. Opposition members rose in Parliament, gleefully shouted "This is your swan song, Bruce."

As the returns came in on election night last week, opposition members gravely I-told-you-soed, for Premier...

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