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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask the

Minister representing the Minister of External affairs, without notice, the following questions, which he was unable to answer the other day : -

1.   Has the Minister had his attention drawn to the following telegram in the Melbourne Age of 30th August : - "The Wrecked Orisaba. Injured Workman's Claim. Perth, Wednesday. At the Fremantle Court judgment was delivered in the case in which Andrew Fry sued Richard Bradbury, under the Workers' Compensation Act, for £300 for injuries received, while breaking up machinery on the wrecked R.M.S. Orizaba, on 17th January. His Honour, in giving judgment, said the Court had no jurisdiction, as the Oritaba was outside the territorial limits of the State. Moreover, the Orisaba was not a factory within the meaning of Section 2 of the Workers' Compensation Act. Judgment, with costs, was entered for defendant."

2.   What is the distance of the wreck from the nearest island?

3.   Is the territorial limits of the Commonwealth a distance of three miles from the mainland, or three miles from any island which is part of the State?

4.   If the wreck of the s.s. Oritaia is within three miles of an island, in view of. this judgment, what steps do the Government intend to take to safeguard the scope of the Commonwealth jurisdiction in respect to the territorial limits of the Commonwealth?

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