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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - Here again we are following the New Zealand Act, where it has been found that this provision works very well. The idea of placing power in the hands of the Minister upon the report of the superintendent is really intended as a safeguard upon the individual rights of the seaman himself.

Mr Ryan - Does it not put the Minister in the place of the Court?

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - Possibly it does in some respects. But at the same time I. think it will probably be found to work better in this manner, for that has certainly been the experience in New Zealand. The report of the superintendent for the year 1912-13 states: -

The Shipping and Seamen Amendment Act 1900 empowers the Minister to withhold the certificates of discharge of seamen who desert from or fail to join their ships at the time of sailing, for such time as he thinksfit, and during the time they are withheld the men cannot ship in other vessels. This power is exercised with salutary effect and few men are absent at the time fixed for vessels to sail.

That provision has been found to work beneficially all round.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 26 to 29 agreed to.

Clause 30 (Expenses of illness of seamen) .

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