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Friday, 4 December 1914

Senator SENIOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - A new clause must be drafted.

Senator TURLEY - That may be necessary, but I ask the Committee not to accept the amendment with the idea that another opportunity will be afforded to deal with the matter. We should pass the clause in the form which we think it should take, and if any amendment is considered necessary it may be made in another place, and it will then come before us for consideration. I agree that it is our duty to see that competent men are put into these positions. I shall be told that shipwright's work is going out. That has been so in Australia up to the present, but it is not so in England, where they are building ships, and have men coming into the trade all the time. We are going to have shipyards here, and so we shall have men learning the duties of shipwrights just the same as in the Old Country.

Senator Senior - But we are up against a transition period in which we have not got the men.

Senator TURLEY - Does that mean that there are not enough shipwrights in Australia at present? There are dozens of them who would be only too glad to get a position as shipwright on board ship, but they are not .able to get it, so long as some one else who may be a ship's carpenter is able to get in and secure the job. It is not simply a question of saying they shall carry a man who can handle timber. The question should be the protection of the travelling public, and of the crew of the vessel. If it is objected that we are not training shipwrights, I reply that if we are going to have shipbuilding yards, as I believe we are, we shall have numbers of men learning the trade, just as a carpenter learns his trade. I am going to vote for the retention of the section as it stands in the principal Act. It was discussed in this chamber when the Bill was before us, and it was pointed out that what we wanted to secure by this legislation, above everything else, was proficiency, and that if there were any who had previously obtained employment as carpenters, but who were not shipwrights, all the rights due to them should be preserved under the law.

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