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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) . - I move -

That the following words be added to the clause : - " A shipwright or ship's carpenter shall have a certificate of competency."

As these men are supposed to be competent, the Minister (Mr. Greene) cannot object to an amendment providing that they shall have a certificate of competency which could be issued by the Director or Superintendent of Navigation. When the men are engaged they should prove their competency, so that men who do not know their trade may not be engaged. When they are discharged they should be given a certificate in accordance with another provision in the measure. Shipwrights and ships' carpenters should be supplied with a certificate of competency to show that they are capable of performing the work, and surely the Government will not object to that. Shipwrights and ships' carpenters are experts, because there are no others on board capable of performing the work they are called upon to do. It must be remembered also that seamen are supplied with a certificate of competency.

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