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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - The more the Bill is studied, the more justifiable Senator Guthrie's amendment appears. Any doubts I had as to how I should vote have been removed by Senator Keating's remarks and his quotation from Quick and 6'arran. They show that Senator Guthrie is quite right in endeavouring to protect the civil rights of seamen, who may be dragged to the High Court on matters not arising out of the war. The Bill was evidently drafted in the atmosphere of the war, and was apparently meant to be applicable only to troubles arising out of it. That is absolutely necessary, but the draftsman was so imbued with the idea that it was a war measure that he took it for granted that every case coming under it would be connected with war conditions. At the same time, he took particular pains to insert a paragraph limiting the duration of the measure.

Senator Keating - That amendment was inserted by another place.

Senator NEEDHAM - Then it was done to remove any doubt that the measure was intended to operate only in regard to war conditions. Senator Guthrie's amendment is a logical corollary of that provision.

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