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Friday, 30 September 1910
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I do not know that any objection can be urged to the insertion of the words proposed. But I do not like accepting amendments on the spur of the moment, even though they may appear to be desirable, because I do not know the bearing which they possibly may have upon other parts of the Bill.I suppose that the passengers on a passenger ship might be held to have the same relation to that vessel as cargo would have to a cargo ship. I will allow the amendment to go on the voices, on the understanding that if, after reconsideration, it is thought to be undesirable, I shall, at the recommittal stage, move to leave it out. In regard to Senator Guthrie's contention, I would point out that a wreck is not a wreck in the legal sense when a ship strikes a rock. A wreck does not occur legally until the captain has abandoned the ship with the intention of not returning.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 85 - (2.) Where a seaman, whose service terminates by reason of the wreck or loss of the ship, has been engaged by the run, he shall be entitled to a proportionate part of the wages to which he would have been entitled on the termination of the run, subject to all just deductions, and that proportion shall be calculated up to the termination of his service.







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