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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - Senator Gould wishes to know why it is not proposed to permit authorized persons to supply seamen to ships. Great evils have arisen in the past under the licensing system, and we do not think it desirable that any person except a Government officer should be charged with the responsibility of supplying seamen. With regard to the appointment of a seamen's inspector, Senator Millen will find that such officers are to be appointed in certain places for the convenience of shipmasters and seamen. The inspectors will be under the control of the superintendents.

Senator Millen - The question is that one clause says that the seamen's inspector may engage seamen, whilst tne other clause says that he shall not.

Senator McGREGOR - No person is to be permitted to engage seamen unless he has been appointed . for tne purpose. If honorable senators are in earnest about the prevention of crimping, they should have full sympathy with the attempts being made to put an end to it.

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