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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- Why are we replacing the superintendent by the owner or agent ? The Department should stand, as was originally provided, between the seaman and the owner. Here we are taking away that protection, and placing the deserter at the mercy of the owner or his agent. I do not know why the procedurehasbeen altered, particularly in view of the fact that the penalties are to be made more drastic. I want to know why proceedings should be taken out of the hands of the Department, and placed in those of people who may quite likely be disposed to prosecute vindictively.

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