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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - Isnotthe Minister now content?

Senator Pearce - These are all machinery clauses.

Senator ST LEDGER - That may be so. But the Minister must recognise how difficult it is for the few members of the Opposition who are present to follow them.

Senator Pearce - There is nothing contentious in them. They appear in every Navigation Act. I will consent to progress being reported when we reach . clause 327.

Clauses 301 to 323 agreed to.

Clause 324 - (1.) Where the aggregate amount of salvage payable in any case has been finally determined under this Act, and does not exceed One thou sasd pounds, but a dispute arises as to the apportionment thereof among several claimants, the person liable to pay the amount may apply to the receiverfor liberty to pay it to him. (2.) The receiver may, if he thinks fit, receive the amount, and shall grant to the person paying it a certificate of the amount paid and of the services in respect of which it is paid, and that certificate shall be a full discharge and indemnity to the person by whom the money is paid, and to his ship, cargo, equipment, and effects, against the claims of all persons in respect of the services mentioned in the certificate. (3.) The receiver shall distribute any amount received by him under this section among the persons entitled to it on such evidence and in such proportions as he thinksfit, and may retain the share of any person who is absent. (4.) Any such distribution shall be final and conclusive as against all persons claiming to be entitled to any portion of the amount distributed.

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