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Tuesday, 11 October 1910


Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) -- I move-

That the words " minister of religion officiating," lines 12 and 13, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " justice of the peace."

I think that a minister of religion is scarcely a legal adviser, of a seaman. It is better to provide that where a will is not signed on board it shall be witnessed by the superintendent and a justice of the ' peace, instead of by a minister of religion where the will is made.


Senator Pearce - I will accept the honorable senator's amendment as an addition.


Senator GUTHRIE - I am prepared to act on the Minister's suggestion. It might be very difficult for a seaman to secure the services of a minister of religion. I ask leave to withdraw my amendment with a view to submitting a fresh proposal.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendments (by Senator Guthrie) proposed -

That in sub-clause b, after the word " made," line 14, the words " or is a justice " be inserted, and that the word " justice," line r5, be left out.







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