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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) .. - At first sight it almost seemed that the amendment might reasonably be accepted, but the clause may have been designed with a specific object. Perhaps it is considered that a transfer may take place at the other side of the globe, far away from a boy's home, and therefore it is provided that for the time being the superintendent shall stand in the place of the boy's parent, who may not be available.

Senator Turley - Who will be the superintendent then?

Senator MILLEN - Suppose that an Australian vessel were to change ownership in the port of London, what is to happen ?

Senator Turley - The consent of the shipping master must be obtained.

Senator MILLEN - I see that the consent of an official must be obtained wherever the change of ownership is made. My inclination at first was to support the amendment, and I suggested that the object of the provision was to avoid the possibility of a boy being left stranded abroad, and that it was really framed in the interests of the boy himself.

Senator Turley - They cannot leave a boy stranded.

Senator MILLEN - The matter may be tied up for a period until the consent of the parent or guardian, who may be living, at a distance, can be obtained.

Senator Turley - They will have to bring the boy back to Australia.

Senator McGregor - The parents of the boy may be dead.

Senator MILLEN - I admit that it may take four or five years to prove who is the guardian of the boy, but there is always a guardian for a boy under the age of twenty-one years, even if it be only the State.

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