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Wednesday, 6 December 1911


Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - The Vice-President of the Executive Council has suggested a way out of the difficulty. I was exercising my mind as to whether or not I could vote for the clause with the £100 limitation in it. I can picture a case where a seaman may have lost his life, and where his widow is entitled to compensation. Surely the value of a man's life is more than£100. In the event of injury the compensation may be more than £500. It would be far better to leave out the amount than to stipulate that it shall be only £100. What I am desirous of is that the full amount shall be obtainable by the relatives of injured seamen, or those who lose their lives.







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