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Friday, 30 September 1910
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Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I hope that the Leader of the Opposition will not expect a Minister to get up in regard to every proposal that is made, whether it be a matter of importance or otherwise. We desire to see this Bill pushed through the Senate as rapidly as possible. I was quite prepared to take the verdict of the Committee upon the clause. I have every confidence that a seaman will get a fair discharge if his conduct has been good. Every seaman knows the position he is in. If he is prepared to remain in a ship at the end of six months, it must be because he is content with the treatment he receives from the captain and officers, and believes them to be fair-minded men. If they are not, he will not re-engage on any consideration. I attach little importance to the process of making alterations in a Bill for the simple purpose of amending it. That practice is against good principles of legislation. I hope that the Committee will pass the clause asit stands.







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