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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - I move -

That the following words be added to the clause : - " Provided that no extension of the currency of the certificate shall be granted to enable the vessel to proceed to another port for the purpose of docking or repairs if proper facilities are available for such docking or repairs at any of the ports to which the vessel is usually trading.

I hope the Minister will accept my apology for not having this amendment in print. I did not anticipate that we should have made such progress as we have made tonight. I expected to have it in print tomorrow. My object is to prevent any extension of time being granted for the currency of a certificate to enable a vessel to go to a distant port for docking and repairs, if facilities for the purpose are available at any of the ports to which she is a regular trader. There are a number of small vessels trading in the north of Queensland, and it is possible that they might be worked for the full term of their certificates in the local trade, and then apply for an extension of the currency of their certificates in order that the officers and crew might get a trip to Brisbane, Sydney, or somewhere else for the purpose of docking and repairs, to have a resurvey, and to obtain' the new certificates. Honorable senators will agree that if that kind of thing were allowed, it would be very unfair to a number of people in the different smaller ports of the Commonwealth, who have been at the trouble and expense of establishing patent slips, and supplying facilities for repairs to vessels. It will be agreed also that it would be an advantage to Australia if docking and repairing facilities were available in every port in the Commonwealth. If the practice to which I have referred is to be allowed to continue, no encouragement will be offered to people to establish docking and repairing plants in the various ports. The amendment would inflict no hardship upon the owner of any vessel. Why should the owners of vessels trading exclusively between Queensland ports be given an extension of the currency of their certificates in order that the vessels may be taken to Sydney or somewhere else for docking and repairs, when facilities for the purpose are available at Brisbane?

Progress reported.


Order of Business - Census Regulations.

Motion (by Senator Pearce) proposed -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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