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Thursday, 14 September 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That the following new clause be inserted : - 331A - (1.) All uncancelled and unexpired licences, issued under any State Act, authorizing any persons to conduct ships from one port to another port in Australia, shall continue as if issued under this Aci, but shall be valid only for Hie purposes for which, and lo the extent to which, they would have been valid in accordance with the provisions of the State Act under which they were issued ;. and for those purposes and to that extent the holder of any such licence shall be deemed to be a coastal pilot. (2.) Any such licence may be dealt with as if issued under this Act. (3.) The holder of any such licence may, subject to the regulations, surrender it for a corresponding licence under this Act.

This is intended to preserve the existing rights of pilots under State Acts. It will not confer upon them any rights or privileges which they do not enjoy under the State Acts.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Clauses 332 to 340 agreed to.

Clause 341 -

The Minister may suspend for such time as lie sees lit, or may cancel, any pilotage, exemption certificate, if it appears 10 him that Hie holder thereof is incompetent to pilot his ship, er has been guilty of misconduct.

Senator WALKER(New South Wales) £4.31]. - I would ask the Minister whether he does not think tha't these are rather drastic powers to place in the hands of the Minister without reference to some other authority, in view of the fact that he may have very little personal knowledge on the subject?

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