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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - This clause provides, among other things, that any person in the Commonwealth who communicates to any person outside the Commonwealth any record, or any information concerning unlawful soundings, or who communicates to any other person such information with intent that it may be communicated to any person outside the Commonwealth, shall be guilty of an indictable offence; but I see nothing in the Bill which prohibits any person from taking soundings, nor any definition of unlawful soundings.

Senator Keating - The definition is in sub-clause 2.

Senator SENIOR - The taking of soundings should not be regarded as unlawful. The offence should be communicating them,. Persons may take soundings with no unlawful intent. Channels are constantly changing, and, for mercantile purposes, and even for fishing purposes, soundings have frequently to be taken.

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