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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - Senator Lynch has missed the point in connexion with this clause. It does not give any power to make regulations, but it gives a ship-owner the power to say to seamen, " You must goto sea in this ship because the regulations say so," and, if that fails, to say, " You must go to sea in this ship because the stipulations of your agreement say. so." I do not see that the seaman should be burdened with regulations as well as with his agreement. I should not care which of the two courses is followed, but our position is that we can only amend by striking out the provision for regulations.

Motion agreed to.

Amendment of clause 259 agreed to.

House of Representatives' Amendment.- After clause 263 insert new clauses 263A, 2630, 263c, and 263D.

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