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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) (5:11 AM) . - Two classes of certificates of competency are issued under the Navigation Act to masters, mates and engineers of ships, namely, those having Imperial validity, which are recognized in all parts of the British Empire, and those of a less important character, valid within the Commonwealth only. The issue of the certificates of Imperial validity is subject to the provisions of section 102 of the Merchant Shipping Act of Great Britain, and by means of regulations made under that section power is given, where a certificate of imperial validity has been cancelled or suspended, and if, in the opinion of the Minister, the justice of the case requires it, to return or re-issue the certificate or to shorten the time for which it has been suspended or grant in place thereof a certificate of lower grade. This power does not, however, extend to the purely local certificates mentioned. The new section proposed gives similar power in regard to these.

Bill agreed to and reported from committee without amendment; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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