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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- Although this clause is in accord with the requirements of the Convention, there is necessity in the construction of new vessels, as proved by the Titanic disaster, for, not only cross bulkheads, but longitudinal bulkheads. The Titanic struck an iceberg, and had one side ripped out; but had there been, as there should have been in a vessel of her size, say, three or more longitudinal bulkheads, she would have been saved. The rake-out by the iceberg was practically on the outer skin, and every bulkhead filled one after the other. Anybody who has had experience of shipping realizes the necessity of fitting ships with bulkheads, which will prevent water flowing from one bulkhead to another.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - There is power under the regulations to deal with that matter.

Mr Marks - I quite agree with the statement of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor).

Mr TUDOR - I hope that the vessels built here will be thus equipped. In Australia we are thinking of providing for the bulk handling of wheat, and longitudinal bulkheads are imperatively necessary for the sea-carriage of that commodity, which otherwise will shift just as readily as will water.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 65 to 72 agreed to.

Progress reported.

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