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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
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Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I have not compared this with the existing scale, and I am in the dark as to why the amendment is proposed. I take it that in regard to British ships not registered in Australia and not engaged in the coastal trade the intention is to lay down a scale of provisions to be complied with whilst they are trading on our coasts.

Senator Pearce - That is so.

Senator MILLEN - Then why not apply it to foreign vessels also?

Senator Pearce - Because we cannot do so.

Senator MILLEN - Why?

Senator Pearce - Because they are foreign vessels.

Senator MILLEN - It appears to me that we are taking advantage of the fact that England will not resent what we are doing, and applying to British ships a provision which we are not game to apply, or capable of applying, to German ships.

Senator Pearce - We are only complying with a provision of the British law.

Senator MILLEN - Does this correspond with the schedule in the Merchant Shipping Act?

Senator Pearce - Yes.

Senator MILLEN - That is all right. The effect of putting these words in the present scale will be to exclude certain ships.

Senator Pearce - If the amendment is carried, I propose to move the other amendment of which I have given notice.

Senator MILLEN - If we insert these words, we shall cut out the vessels which are covered by the second scale.

Senator Pearce - Yes.

Senator MILLEN - It is impossible to consider one scale without the other. What is it proposed to do with the vessels excluded from the first scale? As it stands, it covers all vessels.

Senator Pearce - The second scale which I have circulated will be amended by the omission of the word "British" wherever it occurs.

Senator MILLEN - What will become of the ships excluded from the first scale?

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