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Thursday, 3 December 1914

The CHAIRMAN - The general question cannot be discussed upon this clause.

Senator FINDLEY - I think that I shall be able to connect my remarks with the clause, which provides that certain things shall be done if a ship is fitted with wireless telegraphy. My point is that if coastal vessels are to be so equipped they ought to be equipped with the Australian wireless system.

Senator Guthrie - There should be a uniform system.

Senator FINDLEY - Yes, that would meet the case.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator has the assurance of the Minister that the matter is now under consideration.

Senator FINDLEY - Does the Minister say that the Government have under consideration the advisableness, not merely of seeing that effect is given to the provision in the principal Act, which relates to the equipment of vessels carrying more than fifty passengers with a wireless installation, but of compelling the adoption of the Australian wireless system ?.

Senator Russell - The nationalization of the Australian system on the sea ? The Government have that matter under consideration.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 47 to 66 agreed to.

Clause 67-

Schedule II. of the principal Act is amended by inserting after the word "shipwright" (wherever occurring) the words " or ship's carpenter."

Schedule proposed to be amended - //. (Scale of Crew).

Steam-ships. (Passenger steam-ships carrying not more than ten passengers and cargo steamships.)

All vessels over 800 tons net register to carry a shipwright. (Passenger steam-ships carrying more than ten passengers.)

All vessels over 800 tons gross register to carry a shipwright. ....

Sailing Ships.

All vessels over 600 tons net register to carry a shipwright.

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