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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - It has been brought under my notice that shipping companies are attempting to contract themselves out of every obligation which has been imposed upon them either by an Act of Parliament or by the common law ofthe country. When a passenger wishes to take out a ticket, he is asked to sign the conditions. I know of one member of the Senate who states that when he refused to sign the shipping company told him that, unless he did so, he would not be given the ticket. I think there should be some provision included in this Bill to meet this sort of bluff on the part of steam-ship companies. I do not know exactly what ought to be done, but the Government ought to see to it, because I refer to a serious grievance, and some effort should be made in this measure to remedy it.

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