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Tuesday, 10 December 1912

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - This is a Workmen's Compensation Bill, not merely an accident Bill. Nearly every State Act provides for compensation where a workman contracts a disease in the course of his employment. I do not know why the Commonwealth should be less liberal in regard to its employes than is a State. If not at present, there may yet be some work carried on by the Commonwealth where disease may be contracted.

Senator Guthrie - A linotype operator, for instance, may contract lead poisoning from working over a pot of lead all the time.

Senator VARDON - If he proves that he got lead poisoning in that way, he will he entitled to compensation.

Senator Guthrie - No, because it would not be an injury.

Senator VARDON - It would not he an accident, but he would be entitled to compensation, I think. The Commonwealth will have a- printing office, and ought to be made liable for any disease which may be contracted by an employ^ in that way. The- Commonwealth Act ought to be as comprehensive as any State Act. The Vice-President of the Executive Council might have an amendment drafted. and on a recommittal of the Bill it could be inserted in about five minutes. That would be a very simple thing to do.

Clause agreed to.

Schedules and title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Motion (by Senator McGregor) proposed -

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

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