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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - The Government cannot accept the amendment. The Board of Trade certificate covers a very large number of ships; and, as Senator Guthrie has very properly pointed out, if we specially provide for New Zealand in this Bill, there is no reason why we should not make similar provision for the other British Dominions.

Senator St Ledger - We do not need to provide for them, because they are not so close to us as is New Zealand.

Senator PEARCE - There is a regular line of vessels, some Australian and others New Zealand, trading between the Commonwealth and the Dominion. It can doubtless be arranged between the Minister of Customs here and the Minister of Navigation there, that the New Zealand authorities shall recognise our certificates, and that we shall recognise theirs. No doubt an arrangement of that kind will be made. But I do not think that we ought to pick out one British Possession and specify it in this Bill.

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