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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- The withholding of a seaman's certificates of discharge for a period not exceeding a month, would mean that the sailor could not follow his ordinary avocation. It amounts to a severe penalty, and, seeing that there is provision in the penalties section of the Act for the infliction of a fine of £20 for desertion, it appears that if the two forms of punishment are permitted to take effect together, it will be too drastic. It is not right that a man should be punished twice.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - I can assure the honorable member that in such circumstances the offender would not be punished twice.

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