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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - In answer to Senator Stewart's remarks, I may say that there is a necessity for this provision in the case of seamen who are constantly travelling. Ordinary citizens reside in certain districts, so that they experience no difficulty in getting their wills duly witnessed. But seamen are in the habit of moving from place to place, so that if their services were requisitioned as witnesses to a will, some difficulty might subsequently arise in finding them. The clause therefore provides that the wills of seamen. shall be witnessed bypersons whose whereabouts are well known. The provision affords protection against crimping, and is in the interests of the seamen.

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