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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Senator McBRIDE (South Australia) . - With all respect to the Minister, I suggest that he has not touched on the particular provision to which we object. We are in full agreement as to the wisdom of removing the necessity for two courts, but I should like the Minister to state what was the procedure in issuing certificates after the expiration of the term of suspension decided on by the second court. What is the present practice, and why is it now thought necessary to give power to the Minis,ter to override a sentence imposed by a court of marine inquiry, constituted under the authority of the Minister, which after making careful inquiries has imposed a certain penalty? Surely the Minister does not suggest that the clause is inserted so that on the expiration of the suspension the Minister shall re-issue a certificate. The object is to allow the Minister to override a. decision of a court of marine' inquiry. The Minister may put his own interpretation on the evidence.


Senator Cameron - He may endorse the decision of the court.


Senator McBRIDE - Yes, but he could also override it. I have no objection to a master or a mate having the right of appeal to another tribunal.







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