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Thursday, 8 July 1920


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) .- Subclause 5 of clause 13, to which the Committee has agreed, provides that no seaman shall be rated as a shipwright who has not served an apprenticeship as shipwright or as a ship's carpenter unless he has served for three years at sea as a ship's carpenter. The Committee has also decided that those who to-day are serving as shipwrights or ships' carpenters shall be entitled to continue to be rated as such. The law under which men are now entitled to those ratings, though it may not be as stringent as the provisions of the Bill, requires the possession of certain qualifications, and I do not think we should put it in the power of any one to take from such men the right to continue at their present avocations, which is what the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor) proposes to do.


Mr Mahony - Do you insinuate that these men are not competent?


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - No ; it is the Leader of the Opposition who does that.


Mr Mahony - If they are competent, why are you afraid of giving them cer- tificates?


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The Committee has decided that those who to-day are rated as shipwrights or ships' carpenters shall be entitled to the ratings which they now hold, and I cannot see that anything would be gained by adopting the suggestion of the Leader of the Opposition and putting it in the power of a superintendent to prevent any of them from continuing to follow his occupation. To do that would be unjust.







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