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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
Page: 1033

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That the words "at the date" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " immediately prior to the time."

This clause contains a definition of "owner," which does not .appear in the New Zealand Act, or in the Merchant Shipping Act. The Board of Trade have pointed out that the definition is not clear. A doubt might arise as to ownership in the. event of a vessel being abandoned. In order to meet that point this amendment is proposed. It makes clear that we mean the owner immediately before the wreck.'

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