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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - The clause under consideration, which is specific and clear enough, provides that " no person other than a superintendent," apart from the owner, master, mate, or engineer, shall engage or supply a seaman; whilst the next clause provides that a seamen's inspector may supply seamen. The one clause says that a certain thing shall be done, and the other says that it shall not be done, and that if it is done, a penalty of £50 shall be imposed, or - what is very much better, seeing that a Government officer is concerned - three months' imprisonment. I should like to know how the Minister reconciles two clauses, one of which says that a thing shall be done, whilst the other says that it shall not?

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