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Wednesday, 12 October 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary "Minister) . - Senator St. Ledger has asked whether there is a similar provision in any existing Act, and has suggested that there is not. The honorable senator ought to have been sure of his ground before snaking such an extraordinary assertion. I direct his attention to sections 105 and 106 of the Victorian Act of 1890. Section 106 reads -

Where a ship proceeding to sea takes to sea when on board thereof in the execution of his duty any officer authorized to detain a ship the owner and master thereof shall each be liable to pay all expenses of and incidental to the officer being so taken to sea and also a penalty not exceeding one hundred pounds until the officer return or until such time as will enable him to return to the port 'from which he is taken, and such expenses may be recovered in like manner as the penalty.

One of many reasons for the insertion of the clause is that it is considered essential to prevent ships going to sea while an officer is on board.

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