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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) .- The amendment seems- to me to be largely in the nature of surplusage, because, after all, the Minister will be guided by the report of the superintendent, and the next sub-clause provides that if it appears that death or accident has been caused by violence, the superintendent shall report the matter to the Minister.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 179 agreed to.

Clause 180 -

If any seaman is absent from his duty without leave whilst his ship is within Australia any justice upon complaint on oath may issue his warrant for the apprehension of the seaman, and thereupon may, at the request of the Consul of the country to which the ship belongs, and on proof of the absence without leave, order the seaman to be conveyed on board the ship, or delivered to the master or mate of the ship, or to the owner of the ship or his agent, to be so conveyed :

Provided that, in the case of a seaman who is an Australian citizen, no such order shall be made without his consent.

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