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Tuesday, 11 October 1910


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) - - The Navigation Commission recommended as follows -

Your Commission recommend that provision be made for the erection of bath-rooms, which in steam-ships should have an ample supply of water for the use of engineers, firemen, greasers, and others, together with a suitable number of urinals and privies.

I have travelled in ships in which I was not able to obtain hot fresh water. One can usually get plenty of hot salt water. Does Senator Guthrie mean to tell us that he would be satisfied with a gallon of hot fresh water per man? lt would be absolutely ridiculous to give a man coming out of the stokehold so small a. quantity. What is intended by the clause is that ships shall supply their men with baths. I understand that the representative of the Seamen's Union who gave evidence before the Navigation Commission did not recommend that hot fresh water should be supplied, and only one witness advocated such a thing. The Bill goes further than the recommendations of the Commission, and I trust that the clause will be agreed to as it stands.







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