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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) .- My objection to the amendment is that it would be very difficult to supply the seamen with hot water when a vessel was in port. We know that some men are unreasonable, and a seaman might ask for hot water when he knew it was next to impossible to provide it. Senator Lynch has admitted that it would be difficult to supply hot water to the seamen if the ship were in port for two or three days, and her fires were out. This might lead to a lot of trouble if we made a special provision that members of the crew asking for hot water should be entitled to get it. We might provide that seamen should be entitled to hot water when they are employed in handling coal.

Senator Guthrie - What about painting and greasing?

Senator SAYERS - I have done some painting, and I can take paint off without hot water. I am prepared to do what is reasonable in these matters, but if we were to make the proposed provision compulsory in the case of seamen, it might lead to a lot of trouble. If, under the amendment, seamen who asked for hot water were not supplied with it, the master would be liable to a penalty. Senator Guthrie, in dealing w'ith another clause, was strong on the necessity for regulations, and surely this is a matter which might be easily provided for by regulation.

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