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Thursday, 31 October 1912


Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I am afraid that Senators Chataway and Gould misunderstand the intention of the amendment. It simply prescribes the time within which wages may run. It is not a question of fixing a payday so much as fixing a period between one pay-day and another. It is usual on the Australian coast to pay seamen's wages monthly, and sub-clause 2 provides a reasonable time after the first of the month.

The clause is sufficiently elastic to provide that if a ship arrives late on Saturday night, and wages are then due, there need not be payment before the Monday morning.


Senator Chataway - She may leave early on Monday morning.


Senator DE LARGIE - The longest voyage on our coasting trade is about four days. If this clause were intended for foreign-going ships, there would be something in the honorable senator's contention.


Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - An Australian-trade ship would take longer than four days in going from Western Australia to Fiji.


Senator Chataway - Take the case of a ship going from Sydney to Port Moresby, and from there to Samarai, Suva; and, possibly, Noumea.


Senator DE LARGIE - I should say that it would be possible for the seamen to be paid at any of those ports.


Senator Chataway - Are there banks there ?


Senator DE LARGIE - I should think there are; and, if there is not- a bank," the ship would have an agent. I see no need for an alteration.







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