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Thursday, 31 October 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - Senator Guthrie does not appear to realize that the amendment will give a seaman the right to an allotment of one-half of, his wages, and' by agreement with the master he may secure an allotment of the whole of his wages.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - One-half "of the wages every month ?

Senator PEARCE - That is so. Senator Guthrie is entirely wrong in saying that the ship-owner will have the benefit of the whole of the seaman's money until the termination of the voyage, because he will be able' to stipulate for an allotment of onehalf, of his wages to be paid every month to his own account in a Savings Bank, or to any of his relatives he may name. I take it that half of the seaman's wages is retained as a security that his agreement will be carried out, but under the clause it will be optional for the master to consent to an allotment of the whole of the seaman's wages.

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