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Friday, 29 November 1912


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - In the scale of seamen for passenger steam-ships carrying not more than ten passengers, and cargo steam-ships, and in the second last paragraph, on page 14 of the schedule of amendments made by the House of Representatives, I move -

That the word " four " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " two."

The paragraph will then read -

One apprentice or boy extra for every additional 1,000 tons or fraction of 1,000 tons above 2,000 tons net register, but not exceeding two apprentices or boys altogether.

Then in the scale of seamen for passenger steam-ships carrying more than ten passengers, and in the second last paragraph on page 15 of the schedule of amendment's, I propose to substitute "three" for " six," so that the amended paragraph will read -

One apprentice or boy extra for every additional 1, 000 tons or fraction of 1,000 tons above 3,000 tons gross register, but not exceeding three apprentices or boys altogether.

It has been represented with, it is thought, a good deal of truth, that in steam-ships engaged on the coast, doing short runs between port and port, there is not the samescope for the employment of boys and apprentices as exists in the foreigngoing steam-ships, and that in ordinary circumstances there would be practically nothing to occupy the time of the full number of lads specified in the scales. It would, of course, be worse than useless to have boys on ships with but little or nothing to do. That would be a most undesirable training for them. In the circumstances I ask the Committee to reduce the minimum numbers from four to two in cargo steam-ships, and from six to three in passenger steam-ships.

Motion agreed to.

Motion (by Senator Pearce) agreed to.

That the word " six " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " three."

Amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Reported that the Committee had agreed to amendments 9, 113, 123, 156, and 177 of the House of Representatives, with amendments and consequential amendments.







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