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Thursday, 8 July 1920


Mr TUDOR (Yarra) . - I move-

That in proposed sub-section 7 the words shipwrights or ship's carpenters " be left out.

Last night I asked what action the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) intended to take in regard to this proposed sub-section which provides that persons rated as greasers, firemen, shipwrights, or ship's carpenters before the commencement of the Act shall continue to be entitled to be so rated. Provision is made in proposed sub-section 5 that no seamen shall be rated as a shipwright or ship's carpenter who has not served an apprenticeship as shipwright, or three years at sea as ship's carpenter, as the case may be. It is very important from the point of view of the safety of a ship that shipwrights and ship's carpenters shall be men of experience, but under proposed sub-section 7 a man will be entitled to be rated as a shipwright or ship's carpenter if he has served only five minutes in such a capacity before this Division of the Act comes into operation. No seaman is to be rated as a greaser, who has not served six months as fireman at sea ; no seaman can be rated as fireman who has not served six months as a trimmer or fireman at sea, and after the expiration of twelve months from the commencement of this Division of the Act no seamen is to be permitted to engage in any capacity unless he can satisfy a superintendent that he can pull an oar and handle a boat. But by proposed sub-section 7 any person rated as a greaser, fireman, shipwright, or ship's carpenter, before the coming into operation of this Division of the Act is to be entitled to be so rated. I realize the necessity for the provision in its relation to greasers and firemen - they must make a start sometime - but the position of a shipwright or ship's carpenter is too important to entitle those who may have been engaged in the occupation for a limited period only to be rated as shipwright or ship's carpenters when the Act begins to operate.







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