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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - In order to fix the onus of proof in this matter, I move -

That the following words be added to the clause : - " Provided also that the onus of proving that the seaman is not an Australian citizen shall lie with the owner or master."

To my mind, this is the only logical course which we can now take. The inequity and injustice of the provision from our point of view, and from what might be called the natural justice stand-point, will be complete if the Minister will accept the amendment..

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