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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) . - I agree with the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) that it would be better if no limitation were proposed of the period for which the ship-owner should be responsible for the seamen's wages; but if a proposal to leave out the proviso were defeated it would probably be held by the Chairman that it would then be too late to carry such an amendment as that proposed by the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Gabb). I suggest to the honorable member for Hunter that he might move the omission of the first part of the proviso, and if that amendment were defeated it would still be possible to make the amendment proposed by the honorable member for Angas. I do not mind the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) saying that I was responsible for piloting the original measure through this House. That happened eight years ago, and if the Minister or any one else submits an amendment which I regard as an improvement upon any measure I was responsible for passing, I am prepared to welcome it. The Bill now before the Committee is an improvement upon the original Act in some respects, but it also contains some clauses which I do not regard as improvements. Where I consider this Bill better than the original Act I am prepared to support it, but that does not prevent me from trying to improve even this measure.

Mr Gabb - I ask leave to temporarily withdraw my amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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