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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator FRASER ("Western Australia) (Minister for External Territories) . - I repeat that in Australia, where there is no board of trade, the Minister takes its place. It is true that the British Board of Trade is not a political body, but as we have no board of trade here and the act is administered by a Minister of the Crown, the authority must be vested in him. The British act provides -

The Board of Trade may, if they think that the justice of the case requires it, re-issue and return the certificate of a master, mate or engineer which has been cancelled or suspended, whether in the United Kingdom or in a British possession, or shorten the time for which it is suspended, or grant in place thereof a certificate of the same or any lower grade.

Seeing that there is no board of trade here the Minister is the competent authority.

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