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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

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

That the amendment be agreed to.

The clause, as it stands in the Bill, deals in a somewhat involved way with several distinct matters. The amendment makes provision in one clause for two distinct, but related, offences, and provides in a separate clause for the discharge of seamen from ships found to be unseaworthy. In this latter connexion the application of the provision is restricted to British ships. It is very doubtful, indeed, whether the Commonwealth has any power to release seamen on foreign ships from agreements entered into by them in accordance with the laws of their own countries, and, at any rate, it is not considered desirable to do so.

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