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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - The proviso to this clause is a most extraordinary one. It means that if an Australian engages on board a foreign ship, and chooses to desert whilst she is in Australian waters, no .action can be taken against him " without his consent."

Senator de Largie - Surely the honorable senator would not place a foreigner on the same footing as an Australian.

Senator CHATAWAY - I would do justice to a foreigner, as well as to an Australian. If we enact that an Australian can break his articles and escape punishment, we shall be doing something which is absolutely disgraceful. I move -

That all the words after "conveyed," line 11, be left out.

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