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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I wish to ask the Minister in charge of the Bill if it is quite certain that paragraph a of this clause does not conflict with any law ? It will be seen that the superintendent is required to satisfy himself that an intended apprentice freely consents to be bound.

Senator Turley - He has to do that now.

Senator MILLEN - Is he required so to do in these exact words?

Senator Turley - No; he has to ask the parents if they consent.

Senator MILLEN - Suppose that the parents desire to apprentice a boy, and that he is determined not to be bound?

Senator Turley - Then he cannot be bound.

Senator Findley - That applies to all indentures, whether on sea or on land.

Senator MILLEN - The question of parental authority still exists in this country, although, perhaps, it is more honoured in the breach than the observance. If the Minister is satisfied, through his advisers, that the provision will not come in conflict with any other law, I have no more to say.

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