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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - If we were to take the advice of Senator Savers I am afraid that we should have to order a notice to be put up at the gangway of every ship in the Australian coastal trade that carried coal. Coal, under certain circumstances, is just as dangerous as dynamite. If Senator Savers has never heard of spontaneous combustion he ought to have done. Several ships have been destroyed through spontaneous combustion. Senator Guthrie, who is interested in the question of the proper ventilation of ships, is well aware that if coal is not properly stowed, and the bunkers are not ventilated, there is grave danger of an explosion. If honorable senators who support Senator Stewart had their way vessels would have to go to sea without coal, which is very dangerous under certain conditions.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Cameron. - So is oil.

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