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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I admit the force of what the Minister has said, and I agree that many of the matters dealt with in this Bill must be administered by regulation. Though I shall not press my amendment, it seems to me that nineteen out of every twenty of the ships engaged in our coastal trade would be in a position to communicate with the shore. In North Queensland, we are developing trade with the Gulf ports, and I hope that with the growth of the Commonwealth we shall develop trade with the Northern Territory and the north-west coast of Western Australia. I admit that a comparatively small vessel engaged in that trade might meet with an accident in circumstances in which it would be well if wireless telegraphic communication could be availed of. ' With the assurance of the Minister as to the spirit in which the provision will be administered, I shall not press the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 235 - (1.) The compasses of every sea-going ship must, except as prescribed, be properly adjusted as prescribed by an adjuster of compasses licensed in the prescribed manner. (2.) The last preceding sub-section shall not apply to a British ship, not registered in Australia, in respect of which a compass certificate has been issued by the Board of Trade of the United Kingdom and is still in force. ....

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