“Interesting to reflect on the good old days”a reader tells Topical. “I have been reading about Australian ore-carrying ships sunk off Australia’s east coast by Japanese submarines in World War 2” he said. “In accordance with standard practice in the era, BHP stopped the survivors’ pay from one ship, the Iron Knight, the moment ship was sunk. The company gave the survivors 30 days’ unpaid leave after the sinking, but deducted their time adrift in the raft from that 30 days.”

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