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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - Is it not desirable that an intimation of the fact that dangerous goods are on board a vessel should be posted, so that passengers may be warned?

Senator St Ledger - It will be declared in the manifest.

Senator STEWART - An ordinary passenger does not read the manifest.

Senator St Ledger - No; but the Customs House officials see it.

Senator STEWART - I think it is desirable that passengers should know if there is any dangerous commodity on the ship.

Senator Guthrie - Or a dangerous person.

Senator STEWART - When I resumed my seat, sir, I thought that the Minister might submit an amendment compelling owners to intimate to passengers on a vessel that dangerous goods were on board.

Senator Pearce - I do not want to be hoist with my own petard.

Senator STEWART - I have not had time to draft an amendment.

Senator Lynch - Some of the passengers might jump overboard.

Senator STEWART - No, they need not travel by that ship. They would know exactly what they were travelling with.

Senator Guthrie - The honorable senator must remember that in clause 256 the Minister has power to prohibit the carriage of any dangerous cargo.

SenatorFraser. - The honorable senator is running dangers every day of his life, so he need not bother.

Senator STEWART - It might interfere with the profits of shipping companies to require such a notice to be posted. I cannot think of an amendment at present, otherwise I should move one.

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