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Thursday, 3 December 1914

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria,) (Assistant Minister) . - According to the latest information I have, the Bill must be reserved for the approval of His Majesty. But I do not think that the framing of the regulations will take a considerable time. A period of three months elapsed before, the Imperial Bill received the King's assent, and there is no reason to anticipate that there will be any undue delay in this measure receiving

His Majesty's assent, when it can be brought into operation by proclamation.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 2 -

Section 6 of the principal Act is amended -

(a)   by omitting from the definition of " Master " the words " other than a pilot ";

(b)   by inserting in the definition of "Superintendent" before the word "deputy" (first occurring), the words " duly appointed," and by omitting from that definition the words " in respect of any acts or duties which such deputy is authorized to perform"; and

(c)   by inserting after the definition of " The Merchant Shipping Act " the following definition: - " The Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea" means the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea signed in London on the twentieth day of January, One thousand nine hundred and fourteen.

Section proposed to be amended -

6.   In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears - " Master" means any person other than a pilot having command or charge of a ship. " Superintendent " means -

(b)   A deputy of such superintendent in respect of any acts or duties which such deputy is authorized to perform.

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