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Thursday, 14 September 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - It does seem to me that some honorable senators are taking an extraordinary view of a simple proposition. Let us apply the principle to the case of property on land. Supposing that my honorable friends saw some person, after dark, remaining outside their back premises for two or three hours, what would they do?

Senator Rae - Can we do anything to such a person?

Senator MILLEN - Yes.

Senator Rae - We can call the attention of the police to him, and watch him.

Senator MILLEN - Exactly; and that is all that the master of a vessel could do under this clause, and the police would be responsible for any action which they took What is good enough for Senator Rae for the protection of his property on shore cannot be a bad precaution to protect property afloat. All that this clause does is to give to ships exactly the same protection as is afforded to property on shore.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 386 to 391 agreed to.

Clause 392 verbally amended and agreed to.

Clause 393 agreed to. Clause 394 -

In cases where a forfeiture of wages is directed by any Court, the Court may direct that the whole or a portion of the forfeiture shall be paid to the master or owner of the ship as a recoup for loss occasioned by the misconduct of the offender.

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