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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr MATHEWS (Melbourne Ports) . - The Government is unwarrantably tightening up the Navigation Act. If an owner decides to take no action, is it to be understood that the Government, on the advice of the superintendent, shall take action ? Why should the Government come in here at all? A man may refuse to go on board his ship, and the owner may not consider it worth while to proceed against him. Yet proceedings may be taken at the instigation of the

Government. The clause provides power to heavily punish a man, for example, who may go out on strike. I cannot see any other reason why the Government should take steps to interfere.

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