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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I am afraid that some honorable senators do not fully appreciate the disadvantages of service on board some foreign ships. A man may join a foreign ship knowing very little of the law of the country from which it comes. Later on, he may realize where he has landed himself. The evidence obtained by the Navigation Commission revealed the brutality prac tised on board some foreign vessels visiting Australian waters, and even the brutal nature of the laws of some foreign countries. If an Australian sailor, after signing articles to serve on a foreign ship, realizes that he has made a mistake, we should not by our law force him to remain in that predicament. Our policy should be to retain every man Ave have in the country. If an Australian sailor is foolish enough to sign articles for service on a foreign ship, we should not force him to stay on board if he realizes that he has made a mistake. By so doing, we should do a much greater injustice than could occur under the proviso.

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