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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That division (2), " Engine-room Manning Scale," be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following : - " Engine-room Manning Scale. (2) Steam-ships shall carry engineers in accordance with the following scale."

The principal alterations made by the new scale will be perceived by honorable senators who compare it with the schedule at present in the Bill. In the first place, there is a difference in grouping. Under the new proposal there are four groups of engineers, as compared with three under the present scale. The first group deals with engineers on river and bay steamers running under 20 miles, and going up to ships over 200 horse-power. ' The present scale dees not stipulate the scale for river and bay steamers, and goes up to 400 horse-power. The second group in the amended scale relates to steamers running under 100 miles, and between 55 and 200 horse-power. The third group deals with the limited coast trade; and the fourth with the Australian and foreign trade. I do not think that the alterations are vital, except that the number of engineers in certain classes has been slightly increased. The new schedule has been considered by the various interests concerned, and is believed to be more workable than the old one.

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