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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
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Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - The Minister says that the point raised by the report of the Board of Trade was under the consideration of the law officers when they drafted the proposed amendments. If so, surely the point ought to have been met before.

Senator Pearce - The amendments have been drafted since the point was raised.

Senator MILLEN - Then the point must have been before the law officers recently. That being so, I would ask the Minister to take an opportunity of having the matter thoroughly ventilated before the Bill is finally disposed of.

Senator Pearce - I will do that.

Clause agreed to.

Postponed clause 348 -

The owner or master of a ship shall not be answerable to any person whatever for any loss or damage occasioned by the fault or want of capacity of a pilot when the employment of the pilot is compulsory.

Amendments (by Senator Pearce) agreed to -

That the words " answerable to any person whatever " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words "exempt from liability"; and that the word " when " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " by reason of the fact that."

Clause, as amended, agreed to. Schedule I.

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