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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - This clause gives very strong powers to the Minister, which should not be exercised at his own sweet will. It would be well that he should not exercise them except on the recommendation of the superintendent or seamen's inspector. There will be a superintendent or inspector at every port of any size in the Commonwealth. If a ship is unseaworthy, the superintendent will be able to telegraph to the Minister, making a recommendation, and the Minister will then have justification for taking action under the clause. An amendment in the direction indicated would not interfere materially with the working of the clause.

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