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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . -I can scarcely anticipate that the Government will attempt to hold up a vessel which possesses a certificate of survey from the Board of Trade for twelve months, if, during that period, she is trading in Australian waters. There would certainly be a conflict if a vessel having a survey certificate from the Board of Trade were, against the wishes of the master or owner, compulsorily docked in Australia, on the ground that she needed to be surveyed. That action would be an imputation on the seaworthiness of the vessel. If survey is made compulsorily, I can scarcely conceive a British ship-owner or master quietly acknowledging that Commonwealth law is paramount over the Merchant Shipping Act when a vessel is sailing with a Board of Trade certificate.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 195 to 197 agreed to.

Clause 198 -

The master of a steam-ship shall not take her to sea, and the owner of a steam-ship shall not knowingly or unknowingly suffer or permit her to go to sea, unless a certificate of survey has been granted in respect of her and is in force.

Penalty : One hundred pounds.

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