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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- As a rule articles are signed for about twelve months, and sometimes a period is specified in addition to the trip. The clause curtails the amount which a man can receive after the ship has been wrecked. Even if the wreck occurson the other side of the world, the wages of the seaman will cease within a month. Complaints have been made that, even in the case of some of the Commonwealth line of ships, men were landedowing to illness at otherports, and their wages ceased after a certain time. The shipowner should be compelled to bring the man back to his port if he so desires. If the wreck takes place on the American coast, the man may prefer to go to some port in England, as that may be the nearest way home for him, but we should not cut his pay short at one month after the wreck. I should like to hear from the Minister why the time has been curtailed. It should be remembered that a seaman may lose everything he possesses if the ship is wrecked. We should make the period three months, or, if the man is brought back to his home port before three months have elapsed, we might provide that the pay should cease on his arrival.

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