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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) - - On the same principle that induced me to protest against the provision granting more than 120 cubic feet of space to a seaman - because I thought that the requirement would hamper trade - I must vote against Senator Sayers' amendment. I am of opinion that the passengers who avail' themselves of travelling facilities on the Austraiian coast have good reason to be content with the accommodation provided for them, although I am well aware that in many instances it is less than 120 cubic feet. I have travelled in coastal-trade vessels, where I have been very comfortable, and very well attended to, but where the cubic space was considerably less than 120 feet; yet I suffered no personal inconvenience. I believe that the amendment will undoubtedly hamper trade without conferring any corresponding advantage. I intend, therefore, to support the Government, and to leave the matter to regulation.

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