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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) - We left the clause to which the honorable senator refers out of this Bill because we did not see any necessity for its inclusion. If the laws and regulations prescribed in the foreign country are the same as those which we prescribe, there is no reason why the foreign ship should not register in Australia. Our information, however, is that there is no country that does prescribe the same laws and regulations as we prescribe in this Bill.

Senator McColl - A similar clause appears in the Merchant Shipping Act, and, in the interests of international reciprocity, I thought it might be advisable to insert such a provision in this Bill.

Senator PEARCE - The only way in which we can recognise international reciprocity is by treaty. There are a number of countries with which the Mother Country has reciprocal arrangements, and these are recognised in another clause of this Bill. We do not consider it wise to go any further than that in the matter.

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