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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I think it is perfectly clear that before a man can go up for examination at all he has to prove certain things. He has to prove that he is a British subject, that he can speak the English language, and that he has sufficient money to pay the examiners' fees. He has to produce evidence of his service if he is going for a second mate's certificate. These things have to be proved prior to the examination. After the examination he has to show the possession of certain other qualifications which are necessary before he can be recommended for a certificate. After the examination, he has to prove sobriety, experience, ability, physical fitness, and general good conduct. That is exactly the procedure of the Board of Trade.

Senator Millen - We do not desire duplication.

Senator GUTHRIE - But a necessity exists for it. Regulations have to be framed as to qualifications. Those qualifications require an applicant to have had sea service, to be a British subject, and to speak the English language. Then regulations will have to be framed prescribing what a candidate must prove after he has passed his examination.

Senator Chataway - He proves his qualifications before he goes up for examination.

Senator GUTHRIE - If he passes his examination, he will have to furnish proof of the whole of his sea experience, of his ability, his physical fitness, and general good conduct. Under the Board of Trade regulations no man is eligible to be examined until he has proved these things. But under this Bill, although a doubt may exist regarding his ability and good conduct, he will be eligible to be examined.

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