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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator MCDOUGALL (New South Wales) - 1 think that there should be some authority over and above the surveyor in reference to the matters mentioned in this clause. I have known vessels to be surveyed and certificated, although they were not fit to go to sea. I have known ships to go to sea properly certificated, although the surveyor has never been down below. Only recently a vessel was pulled off from the wharf in Sydney and was0 nearly upset, although the surveyor had given his certificate that she was properly loaded. She had to be brought back to the wharf, in order that her deck cargo might bo removed. If the men working on board a vessel had some authority to whom they could report what they knew, many lives would be saved. I have had a good deal of personal experience of ships. I have known a vessel to be taken to sea with her boilers in such a condition that the men working below were scalded within two hours after sailing. I gave evidence before the Royal Commission, in which I showed that scandalous things have occurred, and men's lives have been sacrificed through acts of carelessness. If, when T was working on a vessel of that kind, I had known that I could report to a certain authority who would take notice of what I reported, I should often have done so. As it was, ships that had not been properly surveyed were allowed to be taken to sea, and men's lives were sacrificed. We ought always to consider the safety of the lives of the men working on board ship before anything else.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 201 agreed to.

Clause 202 -

The Minister may, if he is satisfied that the immediate resurvey of a steam-ship will occasion unreasonable or unnecessary expense or inconvenience, and that no danger to the ship or her crew passengers or cargo will arise from the extension, ' extend the time for her next resurvey, and the currency of her certificate of survey, for any period not exceeding one month.

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