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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) -- I think that Senator Guthrie has made a mistake in regard to the regulations, and the power which will be conferred upon the Minister when he does make them. He is under the impression that the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act dealing with passengers will be applicable. But I am of opinion that, so far as the coasting trade is concerned, the Minister will have the right to make regulations, the effect of which will be to supersede those provisions. I do not think that the Minister's power will be in any way hampered if he makes any regulations, but that question can be more appropriately discussed when Senator Sayers submits his amendment on clause 268. Notice was given by Senator Gould of his intention to move that the air space for a seaman or apprentice be reduced from 140 to 120 cubic feet. Unfortunately, he is not present to-day, and in his absence I move -

That the word " forty," line 7, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " twenty."

As the whole question was fully debated on Friday last. I shall not re-state the reasons for submitting the amendment, but I should like to know if the Minister perseveres in his objection to an alteration of the space.

Amendment negatived.

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