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Friday, 30 September 1910
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I think that the amendment is a very reasonable one. But I would point out to the Committee that the question relating to holidays would also arise if we required the wages earned by seamen during the previous month to be paid within forty-eight hours after the arrival of their vessel in port. For instance, a ship might arrive in port on the evening of Good Friday, and the banks would not reopen until the following Tuesday. But in connexion with any business which the law says shall be transacted within a given period these dies non do not count.

Senator Lt.-Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [12.59].- I have no objection to the principle that a sailor shall receive the wages due to him within twenty-four hours after the arrival of his vessel in port.

Senator Pearce - I may inform the honorable senator that the provision to which I referred just now is contained in the Acts InterpretationAct. That Statute will govern the provisions of thisBill.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir ALBERT GOULD - That being so, no objection can be urged to the clause. I merely suggested that a ship might arrive in port on Saturday afternoon, because I thought that, although no difficulty would be raised in nine hundred and ninety-nine cases out of a thousand, trouble might be created in the thousandth if any question could be raised by a technical construction of the law.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 1 to 2.30 p.m.

Clauses 78 to 81 agreed to.

Clause 82 -

A seaman's right to wages and provisions shall be taken to begin either at the time at which he commences work, or at the time specified in the agreement for his commencement of work or presence on board, whichever first happens.

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