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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) .--I ask the Minister to consider whether "thoroughly conversant" is not a term which might have a very wide application.

Aman would need to be a university graduate to be "thoroughly conversant" with the English language. Is it not sufficient to require that a man shall be able to speak the English language intelligently?

Senator Turley - This clause applies only to a ship registered in Australia.

Senator McCOLL - " Thoroughly conversant " is a pretty strong term to use, and a man who possessed a pretty fair knowledge of the English language might be unable to pass a test. For instance, he might fail to define the parts of speech. I suggest to the Minister that the term should be modified.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 24 agreed to.

Clause 25 -

This Division shall apply to all ships, British and foreign.

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