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Thursday, 31 October 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) .- I move-

That the amendment be agreed to.

The clause, as it stands, provides against false discharges in respect of the capacity in which a seaman has actually served but it is equally important that the discharge should be correct in regard to the time he has actually served. The amendment is intended to provide that that shall also be correctly stated.

Motion agreed to.

Amendments to clause 63 agreed to.

Clause 68 - (1.) A seaman engaged in Australia on a foreign-going ship for a voyage calculated to exceed two months may, before the commencement of the voyage, make stipulations, subject to the approval of the superintendent as to terms and conditions, for the allotment, during his absence, by means of an allotment note - of any portion (not exceeding one-half) of the wages which he may earn on the voyage.

House of Representatives' Amendments.- Omit " (not exceeding one-half) " ; insert the following new sub-clause : - (1a) Except by agreement with the master an allotment note shall not provide for payment of a greater sum than onehalf of the seaman's wages.

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