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Tuesday, 10 December 1912

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - - I do not know whether clause 5 has: been considered in this connexion; but if' occurs to me .that it might have some bearding upon the matter. It provides that proceedings for recovery of compensationunder the Bill are not to be maintainableunless the claim for compensation has beenmade within six months from the occurrence of the accident. I take the case of a man who says, "I shall try my luck at common law before I appeal to the Commonwealth," and proceedings in his action-- are dragged out for over six months from the time of the occurrence of the accident.

Senator Vardon - That would not affect the matter.

Senator St Ledger - He would have given notice.

Senator STEWART - If he gave notics, he would be immediately requested to sign an undertaking that he would not seek compensation under any other law.

Senator St Ledger - That is the trouble.

Senator McGregor - If the honorable senator will read the whole of clause 5 he will find that provision is made for the extension of the time.

Senator STEWART - That is for a reasonable cause. Would the holding up of an action be regarded as a reasonable cause r

Senator Guthrie - If an action were pending, that would be a reasonable cause.

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