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Tuesday, 6 December 1938

Mr PRICE (Boothby) .- This subject is one in which I have taken an interest for a great number of years. Some years ago, I had the pleasure and honour of representing a. seaport, and in that way was brought into contact with many men who go away in ships, and with others who serve the shipping industry. The State parliaments have endeavoured to bring their Seamen's Compensation Acts up to date, and in thi3 regard I am glad the Commonwealth is following their example. With the last two speakers, I should like to plead with the Government to allow the amendments made by the Senate to remain in the bill. I refer in particular to the provision relating to pneumonia and pleurisy. I need not, I think, plead with Ministers in that regard, because I am sure they intend to adopt the measure as it stands. Pneumonia and pleurisy are diseases which those engaged in the shipping industry can easily contract. I like the measure as it came from another place, and hope it will be carried in its present form. Of course it is to be understood that the bill refers only to pneumonia and pleurisy contracted in the shipping service. I welcome the bill,' I congratulate the Government on having introduced it, and I hope it will have a speedy passage.

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