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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) . - I presume that under this provision the owners or agents will be responsible for the maintenance of seamen while ill on shore. A case was brought under my notice of a seaman on one of the Commonwealth vessels becoming ill in Western Australia, and his people being unable to obtain redress. The position should be safeguarded by Statute, and the owners or agents compelled to meet their obligations. If the clause does that I shall be satisfied.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - That is the position.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 31 to 33 agreedto.

Clause 34 -

Section one hundred and thirty-six of the principal Act is amended -

(a)   by omitting from paragraph (f) of sub-section (1 ) the words " three thousand cubic feet", and inserting in their stead the words " the prescribed quantity";

(b)   by inserting in sub-section (4), after the words " shall not apply to ", the words " limited coast-trade ships of less than three hundred tons gross registered tonnage or";

Section proposed to be amended -

(1)   Every place in a ship registered in

Australia or engaged in the coastal trade, which is appropriated to the berthing accommodation of seamen or apprentices, shall -

(f)   be ventilated in such manner as to insure a flow of not less than 3,000 cubic feet of fresh air per hour for each seaman or apprentice.

(4)   Sub-sections (2) and (3) of this section shall not apply to river and bay ships, but the owner of every such ship shall make such provision as is prescribed for accommodation for the taking of meals by the seamen and apprentices, and for their sanitary and lavatory accommodation, including bathrooms.

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