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Thursday, 21 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - Clause 414 gives ample power to do all that is provided for in this clause. It provides that he Minister, or any person authorized by him," may, among other things, "sum mon persons before him and require them to answer questions," and may " require and enforce the production of documents, and administer oaths." Under the circumstances, clause 288 is redundant, and, if it has any effect at all, it rather restricts than enlarges the power of the Minister to make investigation into matters concerning the coasting trade. I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 289 (Payment of Australian rates of wages).

House of Representatives' Amendment.- Omit sub-clause 2, and insert the following new subclause : - " (2.) In the case of ships trading to places beyond Australia, the wages to which a seaman is entitled under this section shall be paid before the departure of the ship from Australia, and the master shall produce to the satisfaction of the Collector at the last port of departure in Australia evidence of their payment."

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