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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator TURLEY (Queensland) . - I do not think that there is any real difficulty about this matter. The clause commences by providing that no person other than a superintendent, apart from the owner, master, mate, or engineer of a ship, shall engage or supply a seaman. In the definition clause " superintendent " is defined to mean, first, the superintendent at a mercantile marine office, and, where not otherwise provided, the superintendent for the port where the ship in reference to which he is acting is; and, secondly - a deputy of such superintendent in respect of any acts or duties which such deputy is authorized to perform.

The deputy is generally a Customs officer. Then we come to the seamen's inspector. What are his duties? They are altogether different from those of a superintendent or a deputy superintendent. Probably there would be a superintendent and seamen's inspector only in the larger ports. There would be only a deputy in a small place like Cooktown.

Senator Millen - The duties of a deputy superintendent or seamen's inspector have nothing to do with the argument.

Senator TURLEY - Except that the deputy superintendent is the person who has to do the work of the superintendent in the outlying ports. The seamen's inspector is appointed to keep a register of persons who desire to be entered as seamen or apprentices on board vessels, and to supply seamen. He is a sort of registrar. He can be intrusted with this duty, because he is an officer of the Crown.

Senator Millen - But clause 26 says that he shall not supply seamen.

Senator TURLEY - No, it does not. It simply says that there are certain persons who shall perform this duty; and under a subsequent clause seamen's inspectors may be appointed who will act for the superintendent in this matter.

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