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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - This seems to be a very harmless amendment, and one which will appeal to the sympathy of a great many persons. Before a lad can be apprenticed, his consent, and that of his parent or guardian, must be obtained.

Senator Guthrie - If the boy is apprenticed to McGregor, will his parent or guardian be willing to allow him togo with Guthrie?

Senator McGREGOR - The boy may be quite willing to continue his apprenticeship with the new owner. He has taken an interest in seafaring. He may see that there is a future before him; but in the meantime his parent or guardian may have changed his mind, and wish the boy to be employed nearer home at something else, and against his wishes. If the amendment is made, a boy can be prevented from continuing in a profession to which he has taken earnestly. I think that whenever a parent or guardian has given his consent to a boy being apprenticed to the sea,' and the boy has displayed an interest in his work, the apprentice and ' the superintendent should be the only parties whose consent should be really necessary for his continuance in the profession under the new owner.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel SirAlbert Gould. - But the new owner might be regarded as very objectionable by the parents.

Senator McGREGOR - But he might be all right so tar as the other parties were concerned.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel SirAlbert Gould. - In the New Zealand Act, the consent of- the parent or guardian is required to be obtained.

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