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Thursday, 14 December 1905

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON (South Australia) - If there were any doubt under the original Act which we are now amending - and there was room for doubt because it was possible to construe " any other vessel " into "every vessel" - that doubt is altogether removed now. We are repealing paragraph g. We are putting in a new provision which specially provides for coasting vessels, and does not include the provision requiring the master to muster his crew. There was a possibility of doubt under the existing Act; but now we are making a new enactment that removes that doubt.

Senator GUTHRIE(South Australia). - It appears to me that the new provision will also apply to the crew of a vessel going from port to port.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - No.

Senator GUTHRIE - It appears to me that even the new provision is dangerous.

Senator Playford - It is all right.

Senator GUTHRIE - I doubt whether it is. At all events "once bit twice shy." As far as I can see we leave paragraph k as it stood in the old Act, and we re-enact paragraph g, which must be read, with k.

Senator Keating - By clause 8 we exempt coasting vessels from the operation of the new provisions.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - Really Senator Guthrie's amendment is not required.

Senator GUTHRIE - In deference to that assurance, I withdraw the proposal.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Every contract immigrant, unless otherwise prohibited by law, may land in the Commonwealth if the contract is in writing, and is made by or on behalf of some person named in the contract, and resident in Australia, and its terms are approved by the Minister.

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