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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I am surprised that Senator St. Ledger should attach so much importance to the order inwhich this clause appears. As a lawyer, he ought to know that the order in which a clause appears in an Act has absolutely no effect upon the law.

Senator Guthrie - That is so.

Senator PEARCE - This clause inserted in this part of the Bill will be just as effective as it would be if it were inserted where the honorable senator suggests. With respect to the amendment he has suggested, it appears to me to involve merely an alteration of verbiage, and I prefer the clause as it stands.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 254 and 255 agreed to.

Clause 256 -

(1)   If, in the opinion of the Minister, the carriage of any particular cargo or goods in any ship would endanger her safety or interfere with the comfort of her passengers, he may notify the master or owner accordingly, and the carriage in the ship of the cargo or goods specified in the notice shall be prohibited, and the master or owner shall not, after receiving such notice, permit the ship to go to sea with the prohibited cargo or goods therein or thereon.

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