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Wednesday, 7 July 1920

Mr BURCHELL - I am not responsible for the drafting of the measure now under consideration, but I can give a reason for the inclusion of clause 5. It was discovered iri Western Australia when certain sections of the original Act were proclaimed, that there was no power under the Act, once the proclamation was issued, to vary it in any shape or form. It was necessary to proclaim the whole of a division of the original Act, and there was no power to proclaim a particular section or part of a division. Clause 5 of this Bill gives the Minister power to proclaim particular sections of any division of the Act. The necessity for such a power became apparent immediately when certain portions of the original Act were proclaimed in March of this year. If honorable members will read clause 5 of this Bill they will see that it is designed to overcome that difficulty.

Mr.Tudor . - This goes very much further. It provides for the postponement of theproclamation to a later date.

Mr BURCHELL - My object in rising was to direct the attention of the honorable member for Dalley to the conditions in respect to the accommodation provided for seamen that exist in vessels trading in Australian waters to-day. Having achieved that object, I have no more to say.

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