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Wednesday, 28 September 1910


Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - Under this clause, a boy can be indentured either to a ship-owner or to a ship-master, but the lad is liable to be discharged at any time during the term of the indentures. I think that a youth ought to be apprenticed to a ship-owner, because if the latter ceases to have an interest in a vessel he has to provide for the former in some other ship, or to do something else. On the other hand, if the master of a ship is suddenly discharged, the apprentice will be left to the mercy of somebody else.


Senator McGregor - No. Any engagement entered into by the master of a ship must be honoured by her owner.


Senator GUTHRIE - It would be better to provide that a boy shall be bound to a ship-owner, and not to the master of a ship.


Senator McGregor - A ship-owner cannot teach anything to an apprentice.


Senator GUTHRIE - In some cases, an owner is the master of a ship.


Senator McGregor - Not always.


Senator GUTHRIE - Ashore, a boy is not apprenticed- to the foreman or manager of a company, but to the company, who are responsible for teaching him. I ask the Minister to consent to the addition of the words "to a ship-owner, who is a proper person."







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