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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice President of the Executive Council) - - The amendment is quite clear.It applies only to lights solely maintained by States.

Senator Guthrie - Not harbor lights?

Senator McGREGOR - It is the intention of the Commonwealth Government to take over all lights other than harbor lights. I believe that Senator Guthrie has seen a list, which does not include all the sea lights. But it is not to be assumed that the Government does not intend to take over all those lights as quickly as possible. If, however, there should be a light other than a harbor light which was maintained by a State, it would not be right for the Commonwealth to take dues with respect to it. Consequently this amendment is necessary.

Senator Lt.-Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [4.6].- Do I understand that there are certain lights which will remain under the control of the States ?

Senator McGregor - So Senator Guthrie says, but I do not know that that is so.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir ALBERT GOULD - Are we to have dues paid in respect of each particular lighthouse, or only with respect to lighthouses generally? If the Commonwealth is to charge dues against ships travelling around our coasts, and is also to allow the State to charge dues with respect to other lights, we shall be double-banking the charges against the shipping people. I understood that all lights on the sea coast were to be under the control of the Commonwealth.

Motion agreed to.

Amendments of clauses 15 and 16 agreed to.

Reported that the Committee had agreed to the amendments of the House of Representatives, with the exception of proposed new clauses 8b and 9, to which it had agreed, with amendments ; report adopted.

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