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Thursday, 13 October 1910
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Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - I shall hot discuss the merits or demerits of Senator Sayers' amendment, but I wish to remove a misconception under which some honorable senators may labour owing to the remarks of Senator Findley. He has argued' that the amendment would tie the hands of the Government in regard to making regulations applicable to vessels trading between Melbourne and the Gippsland Lakes or to Warrnambool. It would do nothing of the kind. The clause itself provides that the regulations may prescribe any things necessary or convenient to be done for the irriage oof passengers generally, and particularly in respect to the matters enumerated. All that Senatorayers' aamendment would do would be to lay down a specific condition with regard to vessels making voyages in excess of 300 miles. That would be the only limitation on the power of the Government to make regulations. Consequently, the class of vessels mentioned by Senator Findley would be completely subject to regulation. Honorable senators ought, at any rate, to vote on the amendment with a clear conception of what we are doing, and should not be misled by such a statement as we have had from the Honorary Minister.

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