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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I do not think that Senator Millen has properly studied the clause in referenceto a seamen's inspector, otherwise he would agree that there is a necessity for the amendment. The provision states that no person other than the superintendent shall engage seamen until the Governor-General has notified by proclamation that a register has been established at any port.

Senator Millen - It does not say that.

Senator GUTHRIE - Clause 28 does. lt provides that -

When the Governor-General has notified by proclamation 'hat a register has been established at a port in pursuance of the last preceding section, the provisions of this section shall, until the Governor-General by proclamation otherwise declares, apply with respect to the engagement anil supply of seamen at that port.

The intention of the draftsman is perfectly clear. He wished to provide that until a proclamation has been issued by the Governor-General for the establishment of a register at a port, nobody but the superintendent shall engage and supply seamen.

Senator Millen - Then the draftsman should have made the clause under consideration read, " No person except as provided in clause 28, &c."

Senator GUTHRIE - I think that the clause is perfectly clear, and that the adoption of the amendment will serve only to complicate matters.

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