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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - If this Committee attempted to frame regulations under the Bill. I have no doubt that it would frame quite as liberal regulations as would any Government. Therefore, I do not oppose the amendment upon the ground that it is unreasonable. But I do say that it is not advisable for the Committee to draft regulations at the present time.

Senator Sayers - We are not attempting to do that.

Senator PEARCE - The honorable senator is seeking to do it. It must be recollected that different regulations may require to be framed for different classes of ships. There may be vessels upon which the cabins would not be used by passengers.

Senator Givens - That difficulty may be overcome.

Senator PEARCE - Of course it may. But it is not advisable to attempt to overcome it in the Bill itself, because in making the attempt we should probably tie our hands in some other direction. It is much better that we should leave matters of detail to the regulations. The honorable senator draws a parallel between this accommodation and that provided for seamen ; but the two things are quite distinct. On many ships, where passengers never use the cabins, the seamen have to live, and there is a reason why a hard-and-fast rule should be laid down in that case. The honorable senator ought, to understand that the Government will not give to passengers less accommodation than is allowed to the crew. The amendment is not complete in itself. A few more regulations will require to be put in the Bill, if it is carried, in order to meet the case. I ask the Committee not to accept it.

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