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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- This part of the Navigation Act has not yet been proclaimed, and, therefore, there has been no difficulty in regard to uncertificated steam-ships up to the present, so far as the Commonwealth is concerned. Under the State law of Victoria, however, there has been difficulty, and I have in mind one case of a vessel which, I understand, cleared out for China. This vessel had not been condemned, but had been refused a clearance on account of unseaworthiness; and, thereupon, she was allegedly sold to a person said to be a resident of Chili, and she left this port flying the Chilian flag. This enabled the owner to defy the port authorities. Howfar will this clause protect us in a case of the kind ? We are all anxious that no unseaworthy ship should put to sea; and I should like to know what power we will have in regard to the master or owner who takes such a vessel to sea, and who may not return.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - I believe the clause is all right.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 57 to 60 agreed to.

Clause 61 -

Section 202 of the principal Act is amended by adding after the word "certificate" (where ever occurring) the words " of survey of the ship".

Section proposed to be amended -" (1) The owner or master of a steamship shall not receive or have on board thereof any number of passengers greater than that allowed by the certificate.'' . .

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