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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - The Minister's contention is that clause 14 deals only with the initial certificate, and that clause 15 deals with subsequent stages. But clause 14 says that no person shall be admitted to examination " for a certificate." That means any certificate, and not merely the first one. The candidate cannot enter for an examination at all until he has demonstrated that he possesses the necessary qualifications. Having demonstrated before examination that he possesses them, it is ridiculous after the examination to ask him to demonstrate it again. The fact is that this Bill shows all the faults of a measure that has not been originally drafted. It is a pasteandscissors Bill. It contains pieces chopped out of one Act joined to pieces chopped out of another, and there has been no attempt to digest the purpose of various Acts so as to produce an original measure. Here we have an instance in which a clause has been chopped out of the New Zealand Act, and placed next to a clause chopped out of the Merchant Shipping Act, without any attempt being made to remedy the overlapping. I move -

That the words, " that he possesses the qualifications prescribed for the holder of the certificate, and," be left out.

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