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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - In the Merchant Shipping Act there are two sections somewhat similar to those now under consideration. Section 97, for instance, provides that -

An applicant for examination, whether as master, mate, or engineer, shall pay such fees, not exceeding those specified in the fourth Schedule to this Act, as the Board of Trade directs, and the fees shall be paid to such persons as the Board appoints and carried to the Mercantile Marine fund.

Under this Bill, the fees are to be as prescribed, whilst under the Imperial Act they are set out in a schedule. Section 98 of the Imperial Act provides that -

The Board of Trade shall, subject as hereinafter mentioned, deliver to every applicant who is duly reported by the examiners to have passed the examination satisfactorily, and to have given satisfactory evidence of his sobriety, experience, ability, and general good conduct on board ship, such certificate of competency as the case requires.

We provide that the examination shall be as prescribed, and that after the examination is passed the applicant shall be called upon to prove sobriety, experience, physical fitness, and so on. I must say that I prefer the provisions of this Bill to the provisions of the Imperial Act in this regard.

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