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Friday, 30 September 1910
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Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I move -

That the word " send," line 4, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " deliver."

This clause makes provision for a discharge to be given to a seaman. If the master simply had to " send " it, he might say that he had done so, although the discharge might never reach the seaman. I want the discharge to be delivered at the Shipping Office, so that the seaman will be sure to get it. Whether a seaman gets future employment or not depends upon whether he obtains his discharge.

Senator Pearce - The amendment is a very reasonable one, and the Government accept it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 60 to 64 agreed to.

Clause 65 - (1.) When the crew of a ship or any of them, immediately upon the expiration of their agreement, enter into a new agreement to serve in the same ship, then it shall not be necessary -

(a)   for the master to sign or give or send to the superintendent a discharge to any seaman so re-engaging, or

(b)   for any seaman so re-engaging to produce or deliver a discharge. (2.) In all such cases the master shall forthwith deliver or send to the superintendent a written statement signed by himself, stating that the re-engagement was so entered into immediately upon the expiration of the former agreement. The superintendent shall keep the written statement in his office with the duplicate of the agreement. (3.) The foregoing provisions of. this section shall not apply in the case of seamen shipped in the United Kingdom.

Senator GUTHRIE(South Australia) seaman's agreement expires, he has an absolute right to get his discharge. The clause would work detrimentally to the interests of seamen. A man might re-engage for a period of five years, and his conduct might be thoroughly good throughout his term of service. But because he wanted to leave at the end of that time, the master might be annoyed with him, and might give him a bad discharge, covering the whole five years. I think a man ought to have a discharge given to him at the end of every six months. I shall vote against the whole clause.

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