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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - I think that the amendment will meet the difficulty, because, in my opinion, the clause provides for the representation of too many interests on the Council. If these interests are to be represented by different persons, it will be an unworkable and very costly Council. If, however, the amendment be made, the regulation providing for the composition of the Council will be tabled, and we shall be afforded the opportunity to discuss the appointments made by the Minister. I repeat that, in my opinion, too many interests have been chosen to be represented, and it should not be forgotten that they all represent sections of the general public.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 419 agreed to.

Postponed clause 48 - (1.) An agreement may be made for a voyage, or, if the voyages of the ship average less than six months in duration, may be made to extend over two or more voyages, and agreements so made to extend over two or more voyages are in this Act referred to as " running agreements." (2.) A running agreement shall not extend beyond six months from the date thereof :

Provided that every such agreement shall, in any case, remain in force until the ship reaches a port of destination, and the crew shall be considered engaged when the agreement is first signed, and discharged when the employment ends.

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