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Friday, 3 September 1920

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) .- The clause empowers the Minister to exempt certain classes of ships if he is of opinion that the provision of a wireless telegraph apparatus is unnecessary or unreasonable. I assume that he will grant exemptions to small steamers engaged in carrying passengers on the rivers and elsewhere.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The exemption applies to all ships under 1,600 tons gross register.

Mr CHARLTON - If the provision refers only to vessels over 1,600 tons gross register, the small vessels to which I have referred will not come under this particular clause.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - It will not apply to small boats on the rivers adjacent to Newcastle.

Mr CHARLTON - I am pleased to hear that, because it would be a matter of vital importance if they were involved.

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