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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr GABB (Angus) . - I also feel that the period should be extended from one to three months. Where a shipwrecked sailor could be returned to the port of engagement within a month, the clause; as it stands, would work very well; but I would remind the Committee that some time ago one of the Commonwealth line of steamers, while on a voyage from South or North America, was wrecked on an island in the South Pacific, where the men remained for some considerable time. Under the clause as it stands, insuch a case, the seamen would not only have to endure the privations attaching to life in an outlandish place, but would receive only one month's wages from the date of shipwreck, even if six months elapsed before they were returned to their home port, or to the port of departure. The shipping companies would not be penalizedby the extension of this provision from one to three months. If a shipwrecked crew were conveyed home within a month, there would be an end to the matter; on the other hand, if three months elapsed before they were returned, then, since they were engaged on the work of the company at the time of the disaster and were disadvantaged by the wreck, they should receive their wages in respect of that period. I move -

That the word " one,"line25, be left out, with a view to insert, in lieu thereof, the word " three."

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