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Mr. Crofts Renews Attack. ' ' *rKLttOTTMTE ' Tnesdav.
Mr. C. Crofts (secretary 'of the Com monwealth Council of Federated Unions^ replied to-day to the explanation given bv the Federal Attorney-General (Mr. La
tham) oncerning tne appointment ot Air. Drake-Brbckman, as an Arbitration Court Judge. Mr. Crofts, reiterated his allegations, which had been denied by Mr. Latham, and said the Attorney-General had. not used the words— 'That, the 44 hours case had been a. difficult. and intri cate task for the new -Arbitration Court.' He contended that- Mr. Latham, had said he feared a mistake had been 'made, in allowing the Court to go into the hours question before the Judges had had time to acquire the atmosphere of the Court. Mr .Latham, continued Mr. Crofts, had remembered that union officials had tried to impress upon- him the grave, risk of unions refusing to use the Court if -Mr. Drake-Brockman were, appointed. A re ply was made by Mr. Latham that the Federal Ministry desired the appointment of an impartial man, and that such a man as Mr. Drake-Brockman, whose name was specifically mentioned, would not be appointed. He asked Mr. Latham whe ther he agreed with - the statement made by the Prune Minister (Mr. Bruce) that Mr. Drake-Brockman would not be called upon to adjudicate on . the Full Bench. Mr. Latham would surely realize the seri ousness of the step being taken by the Ministry, and that there was a probability of the unions being antagonised by the appointment.