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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
No. 33— MARCH, 1901.
ISSUED EVERY OTHER MONTH.
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
CARROLL D. WRIGHT,
G. W. W. HANGER,
CHAS. H. VERRILL, STEPHEN D. FESSENDEN.
Page. Foreign labor laws, by W. F. Willoughby, of the Department of Labor.... 173–304 The British Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act and its operation, by A. Maurice Low.....
305-322 Digest of recent reports of State bureaus of labor statistics: Connecticut...
323, 324 North Carolina.
327-330 West Virginia
330, 331 State reports on building and loan associations: California...
332, 333 New York
333, 334 Digest of recent foreign statistical publications..
335–341 Decisions of courts affecting labor......
342-362 Laws of various States relating to labor enacted since January 1, 1896 363-376
The seven Colonies of Australasia are Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, and South Australia, in Australia proper, the two islands of New Zealand, and the island of Tasmania. All but Vietoria, South Australia, and New Zealand were originally settled as penal colonies in the forty or fifty years following 1787. The necessity that this policy caused for a large measure of government control may partly explain the active interference of the government of the different Colonies in the industrial life of the people. Whatever be the cause, however, governmental intervention, or state socialism, as it is sometimes called, has proceeded further in the Australasian Colonies than anywhere else.
This action on the part of the State is shown to a certain extent in the following statement of the labor laws that are now in force there. As the scope of these papers on foreign labor laws is strictly limited, however, to certain well-defined classes of legislation, the most important of which are those concerning the employment of women and children, night and Sunday work, labor in factories and workshops, arbitration, etc., (b) a large proportion of the most radical and characteristic of the social laws of the Colonies will not be here considered. In point of fact, it will be seen that with a few notable exceptions,
a In Bulletin Nos. 25, 26, 27, 28, and 30 more or less detailed accounts have been given of the labor laws of Great Britain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Russia, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. In the present Bulletin the series of articles on Foreign Labor Laws is concluded with a consideration of the labor laws of the Australasian Colonies and the Canadian Provinces. 6 See Introduction, Bulletin No. 25, page 768.