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Thursday, 31 October 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - The clause imposes a most unnecessary burden upon the masters of coasting ships. The Bill elsewhere requires that a change of crew shall, whenever possible, be made before a superintendent, and that returns shall be sent in of any substitutes engaged at the last moment, so that full information will be made available in regard to -these matters. We can safely make the amendment, and relieve ship-masters of an unnecessary hardship, because we shall have in the Bill the necessary safeguards on behalf of the seamen.

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