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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . -This is no laughing matter. Clause 253 enables any seaman or apprentice to decline to go to sea in a ship carrying dangerous goods. We look after the seaman, and surely passengers have a right to know that they are travelling in a perfectly safe ship. It is all very well for Senator Pearce to say that the Minister has certain powers in regard to the shipping of explosives, "but in practice the Minister knows nothing whatever about these things. He leaves the management to his officers. If a ship comes into a port laden with explosives care is taken to keep her away from the wharfs, and to make her discharge her cargo in a safe place.

Senator Pearce - We do not compel the railway authorities to tell their passengers when they are carrying explosives.

Senator SAYERS - As far as I know explosives are not carried on passenger trains.

Senator Pearce - They are carried on mixed trains.

Senator SAYERS - They are generally carried by goods trains, at night. If dangerous goods are to be carried on passenger ships, the fact should not be kept a secret from every one, except the officers and crew, who have the right to refuse to sail.

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