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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - - The position of seamen under this measure will be very different from that which they have hitherto occupied under the different State Acts. Seamen and officers will be so hedged about by provisions in this Bill for their protection, and the protection of the shipping of the country, that offences of this kind are not at all as likely to be committed as they have been under the imperfect Acts that have been in existence up to the present. For this reason, and in view of all the restrictions imposed by this measure, a penalty of £50 under this Bill has been considered as equivalent to a much higher penalty under the State Acts. If the Government thought it necessary they would not hesitate to propose a penalty of , £500 or . £1,000 for this offence.

Senator Turley - We might omit the money penalty, and provide for a penalty of imprisonment only. That would be more effective.

Senator McGREGOR - No doubt it would; but in all the circumstances the Government consider that the penalties proposed in this Bill will be found to be quite sufficient.

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