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Thursday, 3 December 1914

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - It is considered by the Department that section 27, which, under this clause it is proposed to amend, is limited in its effect to certificates issued under our Act. It is desirable that the heavy penalties imposed for the wrongful use of certificates should apply, not only to those issued under our Act, but to those issued by the Board of Trade, and practically in every part of the maritime world. The object really of the amendment is to bring the provision automatically under section 389 of the principal Act, which covers all certificates issued.

Senator Guthrie - Then why not deal in the same way with paragraphs a, b, and c of section 27 ?

Senator RUSSELL - That is not considered necessary. The object is not to exempt any offences, but to cover all certificates issued, and not merely those issued under our Act.

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