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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - There is absolutely no doubt in the minds of shipping people as to what is dead-weight. All cargo that is carried by weight, and not by measurement at 40 cubic feet to the ton, is dead-weight cargo. Wheat, therefore, is dead-weight cargo. I confess that I should have liked this clause to go a good deal further than it does. It might with justice be made much more strict. I have tried in the past to secure an alteration, but the Board of Trade has stood up against me. Let me point out what occurs. Ships load up with wheat in Australia, we will say, in the months of November and December. They load up to the summer mark, being allowed to do so because they load in the summer months. They go round the Horn. It is true that a ship leaving Australia in November or December gets round the Horn in the summer, but when she gets into the western seas she runs alongside ships coming from Montreal and Chicago loaded with exactly the same cargo, though they are only allowed to load up to the winter North Atlantic mark. I shall not present an amendment on the present occasion, because I know that the Board of Trade would be "dead up against" me. I have tried to get an alteration made on two previous occasions. I am not going to block this Bill by an amendment now ; but, if I am spared, and occupy a seat in this Parliament, I shall take an early opportunity of bringing this matter up again at an early date by an amending Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 224 to 233 agreed to.

Clause 234 -

The regulations may require the masteror owner of every ship registered in Australia or engaged in the coasting trade, and of every foreign-going ship carrying passengers from Australia, which carries passengers to the number prescribed, to cause the ship to be fitted as prescribed, before going to sea, with apparatus for transmitting messages by wireless telegraphy.

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