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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I think the Government are well advised in dropping the clause referred to. Since this matter was first discussed the Imperial Parliament have altered their law under the Act of 1906. I have here a work by Sandford D. Cole, on the Merchant Shipping Act of 1906, in which he says -

After the " appointed day " the British loadline regulations will apply to foreign ships while they are within any port in the United Kingdom.

The appointed day referred to was 1st January, 1909, or such other day, not being more thanin twelve months later, which the Board of Trade might appoint. The appointed clay has therefore passed by, and there is now no reciprocity in this matter. Any foreign ship coming into a British Dominion has to comply with British laws and regulations with respect to load-line. That is a good reason why there is no necessity for the insertion of the clause referred to in this Bill.

Senator St Ledger - There is reciprocity in other matters besides the load-line.

Senator GUTHRIE - That is the question raised by the clause to which Senator McColl has referred. Cole further quotes the section from the Imperial Act of 1906, as follows -

Sections 437 to 443 of the Principal Act (which relate to load-lines), except sub-sections 3 and 4 of section 440, shall, after the appointed day, apply to all foreign ships while they are within any port in the United Kingdom as they apply to British ships, without prejudice-

(a)   to the power of His Majesty previously to apply those provisions to the ships of any foreign country, if the Government of that country so desire, under section 734 of the Principal Act : and

(b)   to any direction of His Majesty in Council given under section 445 of the Principal Act in the case of ships of any foreign country in. which the regulations in force relating to overloading and improper loading are equally effective with the provisions of the Principal Act.

So it will be seen that our inspectors have the power now to detain any foreign ship that does not adopt our marks. If she submerges marks fixed in accordance with British regulations, she is liable to prosecution. The result of this has been against the Britishsailor, because under these regulations the load-line has been to a considerable extent modified.

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