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Thursday, 31 October 1912

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I see no necessity for this clause or the proposed new sub-clause. If the master can make an agreement with a seaman for the allotment of the whole of his wages, it is unnecessary to put a provision to that effect in the Bill. The point is that the Bill will not compel the master to do so. If it did I should have no objection to it. It may be that a master will not agree to make any such allotment. A seaman may be engaged for a voyage which will occupy six months or twelve months, and if the master does not consent to make an allotment of his wages, his wife and family will have to wait for his money until his return.

Senator Lynch - Does not clause 68 make an allotment obligatory?

Senator Pearce - Yes, it does in respect to one-half of the wages.

Senator GUTHRIE - But that is only with respect to an allotment, to the sea, man's grandparents, parents, wife, brothers, sisters, children, or grandchildren.

Senator Pearce - Or to a Savings Bank, which would be his own account.

Senator GUTHRIE - I think that it should be absolutely obligatory upon the master to grant an allotment if it is required. It should nob be left to the master to say whether he will grant it or not. Why should a ship-owner have the use of a seaman's money for twelve months for nothing when he might be getting interest on it in a Savings Bank?

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