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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) .- This provision greatly liberalizes the Act, and, indeed, to an extent which no other Navigation Act in the world has gone. Personally, I am inclined to think that if honorable members carefully consider what is proposed, they will agree to the measure as it stands. However, the Committee seems to have made up its mind that some extension at this point is necessary. I desire to look into the question in order to see how far it may be possible to safeguard the position. If an extension to a period of three months is made, it will be necessary to see whether or not it opens the way to fraud.

Mr Tudor - That is rather a nasty imputation.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - I do not say that every man will behave fraudulently, but there are a few black sheep in most families. I suggest that consideration of this clause be postponed. Meanwhile I will examine the position.

Clause postponed.

Clause 23 agreed to.

Clause 24-

Section' 106 of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words " superintendent shall ", and inserting in their stead the words " owner or agent of the ship may ".

Section proposed to be amended -

When proceedings have been instituted against a seaman who has deserted from his ship . . . and a warrant has been issued for his apprehension. the superintendent shall continue the proceedings.....

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