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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Sir WILFRED KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) . - The point raised by the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith (Mr. Curtin) with regard to apprenticeship may be covered by clause 20 (2). It might just as well be covered by that as anything else. This is the last time that I shall refer to it. Once again, I say that I do feel that we are entitled to an explanation, or clearer drafting of sub-clause (2.), which reads -

Where a person was serving under a contract of apprenticeship at the date of commencement of this section, section forty-six of the Principal Act as amended by this Act applies to and in relation to that contract of apprenticeship and to and in relation to every period during which that contract of apprenticeship was before that date, or is on or after that date, suspended under sub-section (1.) of section forty-six of the Principal Act, or of that Act as amended.

Quite frankly, I do not understand it.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - You have explained its effect. You must have had an idea.

Sir WILFRED KENT HUGHES - It might just as well mean that as anything else, because I am hanged if I can understand it.

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