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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - Senator Keating overlooks the fact that we established Admiralty jurisdiction for the High Court in the Bill assented to on the 29th October last. For what special purpose is this Bill brought down ?

Senator Gardiner - To deal with urgent cases in a way which the previous Act does not give us power to do.

Senator GUTHRIE - It is a special Bill brought down to operate during, and for six months after, the war. All the matters raised by Senator Keating are dealt with in the Bill already passed, and the Government have all the power they require, as was shown by the quotations from Quick and Garran. The Act was framed absolutely on Quick and Garran'^ annotations to the Constitution. This Bill is to operate during the war and for six months afterwards, but it will deal with matters other than those arising out of the war. All I ask the Committee to do is to confine its operations to matters connected with the war. A Court is already established to deal with the matters mentioned by Senator Keating, and I am prepared to vote for the Bill if it is confined to matters affecting the war. Senator Keating is prepared to refer even the case of the Canberra, where the trouble was with the cook, to the High Court.

Senator Keating - I am not prepared to agree to anything of the kind.

Senator GUTHRIE - The Minister in charge of the Bill would not bring in all matters relating to the shearers. If he did ho would not be here very long, but he allows all matters relating to seamen to be dealt with under the Bill.

Senator Gardiner - I represent as many seamen as I do shearers, and I am just as much concerned in their welfare.

Senator GUTHRIE - Why not provide that there shall be a special Court to deal with shearers who break their agreement, just as much as with seamen ? When a man gets into the Ministry and brings in a Bill, he wants to stick to it, no matter what amendment is proposed. I shall push the amendment to a division.

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