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Wednesday, 12 October 1910


Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I should like to say for the information of Senator Gould that 15 tons has always been the limit adopted in South Australia. I might add to what the Minister has said one strong reason in support of the departure from the practice of the Board of Trade in this matter. These small vessels are usually sailing ships, and in the British coast trade a ship has always some port under her lee to run for in bad weather. On the Australian coast, with the wind from the sea, these vessels are on a lee shore, and there is no weather-bound port to which they can run. That is one of the strongest arguments in support of the reduction of the tonnage of vessels to which this provision shall apply. They have to stand out to sea when they encounter bad weather, whereas in the British coast trade vessels can take advantage of weather-bound ports, if not on the coast of Great Britain, then on the coast of Holland, Germany, or France. They have always in that trade a lee port to run into.







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