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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - It seems to me that Senator Henderson has run his head against a stonewall. The clause means that an Australian who signs articles abroad to serve upon a foreign ship will be at liberty to break his agreement in Australia. He may have contracted to serve for a round voyage from Europe or America, but the moment he reaches the Commonwealth he will be at liberty to desert from his vessel and to remain here.

Senator Guthrie - He will be liable to the civil law.

Senator WALKER - The clause will' empower him to break his agreement, and, therefore, I shall vote against it.

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