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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I think that Senator Stewart is rather late in moving this amendment, because clause 5 of the Bill provides -

The employer shall not be liable under this Act in respect of any injury which does not disable the seaman for the period of at least one week from earning full wages.

This schedule merely declares that if a seaman be incapacitated for more than two weeks he shall be entitled to compensation for the whole of the term covered by his injuries, the first week included.

Senator Stewart - We have done nothing in clause 5.

Senator McGREGOR - We have provided that a seaman shall not get compensation unless he is injured for more than a week. We cannot override that clause in this schedule.

Senator Rae - Recommit it.

Senator McGREGOR - It would not be wise to do that, seeing that we provide in the schedule that if a seaman be incapacitated for more than a fortnight as the result of an accident, he shall receive compensation for the whole of the period covered by his injuries. That is the general principle that is laid down in all Workmen's Compensation Acts. Even in the unions with which I have been associated a member has to be incapacitated so many days before he can claim any compensation.

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