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Friday, 30 September 1910
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - Senator St. Ledger's amendment is entirely unnecessary. I have looked through that part of the New Zealand Act dealing with wages, and find that it contains no such provision. Section 76 of the New Zealand Act is precisely the same as this clause. If a seaman's time under an agreement expired at 12 o'clock on a particular day he would get his discharge; and if he signed on the same ship again, his wages would commence from the time he signed on. The honorable senator is raising an imaginary fear.

Senator St Ledger - After the explanation of the Minister, I shall withdraw my amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 83 agreed to.

Clause 84 -

The right to wages shall not depend on the earning of freight; and every seaman and apprentice who would be entitled to demand and recover any wages, if the ship in which he has served had earned freight, shall, subject to all other rules of law and conditions applicable to the case, be entitled to claim and recover his wages, notwithstanding that freight has not been earned.

But in all cases of wreck or loss of the ship, proof that any seaman has not exerted himself to the utmost to save the ship, cargo, stores, and equipment, shall bar his claim to wages.

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