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Thursday, 31 October 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move-

That the amendments be agreed to.

It would be a good defence, under tbe clause as it left the Senate, . for the master to prove that the sanction of the superintendent could not be obtained. But if the superintendent refused his sanction, it would still be true that it could not be obtained. To Temove any ambiguity, it is proposed to omit the words " or could not be obtained " and provide that it shall be a good defence if the master proves that, in the circumstances, it was not reasonably practicable for him to apply for the sanction of the superintendent. This will put in plain language the real intention of the words proposed to be omitted.

Motion . agreed to.

Clause 61 -

No person shall give to any seaman a discharge which falsely indicates the capacity in which the seaman actually served.....

House of Representatives' Amendment.- After "served" insert "or the time during which he served in that capacity."

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