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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I do not desire any amendment which emanates from the Vice-President of the Executive Council in the spirit which he has just exhibited to be made in the Bill. If he does not really believe that an amendment effects an improvement in the measure, he has no right to bring it forward.

Senator McGregor - It will improve it.

Senator MILLEN - Then, his proposal has not been made with a view to placating those who entertain a different opinion from himself. Senator Turley has entirely overlooked the fact that clause 26 does not say that a superintendent " may " engage or supply a seaman to be entered on board a ship. It says, " No person other than a superintendent or the owner, master, mate or engineer of a ship, shall engage or supply a seaman."

Senator Turley - Look at the marginal note.

Senator MILLEN - The marginal note does not count in an Act of Parliament. This clause does not merely empower the superintendent to engage or supply seamen. It imposes a prohibition upon other persons engaging them.

Senator Turley - Except the persons who are mentioned in the clause.

Senator MILLEN - The clause might bc- paraphrased to read, " No other person except the superintendent,, captain, or mate of a vessel, shall engage seamen. If he does so he shall be liable to a penalty of j£5°> or three months' imprisonment." I am quite prepared to accept the amendment of the Vice-President of the Executive Council to prevent the Committee from assenting to ridiculous legislation.

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