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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - Sub-paragraph a of paragraph 1 of this schedule reads -

Provided that -

(a)   if theincapacity last less than two weeks no compensation shall be payable in respect to the first week.

I fail to see why compensation should not be payable from the very hour that an accident occurs, and I think the schedule ought toprovide for that.

Senator Guthrie - It does provide that compensation shall be payable if the incapacity lasts more than two weeks.

Senator STEWART - It does not matter whether it lasts two weeks or two months. Upon what ground canthe honorable senator assertthat a seaman who is injured is not entitled to compensation during the firstweek ensuing upon his injuries. I move -

That sub-paragraph a of paragraph 1 be left out.

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