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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I think it will be wise to adopt the amendment of the House of Re presentatives. I cannot see how a seaman would be endangered under it through the carrying of dangerous goods. There is, first of all, the provision as to an express stipulation ; and then there is the provision as to regulation. I cannot conceive any set of conditions under which a Minister would, by regulation, override an express stipulation contained in an agreement made between the master of a vessel and the seamen employed upon it. No. Minister would be foolish enough to issue a regulation overriding an industrial agreement. .

Senator Vardon - Regulations may do anything.

Senator NEEDHAM - It is true that there is power to issue regulations of all kinds, but when a Minister issues a regulation he acts on the advice of his officers, who know what is required. The seaman should be well protected, but I do not think that the clause as amended could possibly do him any injury.

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