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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- I am not quite sure that the Minister has provided for the " prescribed quantity " of air in the definition clause, and whether he can do this by a regulation.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - Yes.

Mr TUDOR - There is another point. Sub-section 4 of section 136 of the principal Act calls upon the owners of ships engaged in the coastal trade to make provision as prescribed for accommodation for the taking of meals by the seamen and apprentices and for the sanitary and lavatory accommodation, including bathrooms. Paragraph b of the Bill states that this provision shall not apply to "limited coast-trade ships of less than 300 tons gross registered tonnage." Even Inter-State .vessels have not this accommodation

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - They will be obliged to provide it under the Act.

Mr TUDOR - Yes, when the Act is brought into operation; but I know that on certain vessels, when a man comes up from the stoke-hold, he has no means of cleansing himself properly. On some ships trading in and out of Melbourne, I have seen a man go to the galley for a bucket of hot water, and as there was no separate room for him to bath in, he was obliged to go into the forecastle, which is common to all seamen. Vessels engaged in the coastal trade sometimes have a run of 800 miles, or, counting the return journey, 1,600 miles. This would take well over a week, and I say it is not right that men engaged on such vessels should be denied the necessary conveniences and decencies of life. I trust the Minister will look into this matter.

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