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Thursday, 14 September 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I do not wish to offer factious opposition to the clause, but it seems to me that it may be used for bad as well as for good purposes. I think it would be better if we provided that any suspected person may be removed from a vessel at the instance of a police officer. I recollect that Mr. Sam Smith, in connexion with his work as a delegate of the Seamen's Union, has frequently to board ships for the purpose of collecting members' dues. It is readily conceivable that the master of a ship might be antagonistic to such a man-

Senator Millen - He would be , protected by the words " reasonable excuse," which appear in the clause.

Senator RAE - But who is to determine what is a "reasonable excuse"?

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