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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I do not think that there was any need for Senator Millen to enlarge upon the magnanimity of the Mother Country in this matter; because, at the Navigation Conference which was held a few years ago, and at which Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Old Country, were represented, the following resolution as to manning was unanimously arrived at -

No ship shall be deemed seaworthy unless she is in a fit state as to number anc! qualifications of crew, including officers, to encounter the ordinary perils of the voyage then entered upon.

That resolution was intended for incorporation in our law. So that it was mere moonshine for the honorable senator to talk about the tolerance of the Mother Country.

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