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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) .- The corresponding provision in the Navigation Bill of 1908 did not contain the word "fresh," and the insertion of that word in this clause represents a concession on the part of the Government. Of course, if it' were possible to do so, it would be most desirable to provide everybody on board with hot fresh water. Senator Guthrie has said that to do so' would be a small matter. But it might be the very reverse.

Senator Guthrie - Let the honorable senator prove his statement.

Senator McCOLL - That is impossible. Power might be taken by means of regulation to insure the supply of hot fresh water to all the members of the crew of any vessel where it is possible to do that. We all recognise that it is much more difficult for those who are connected with the engine-room of a vessel to cleanse themselves than it is for the other members of the crew.

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