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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I am very sorry thatthe Government intend to adhere to the clause, because it has been demonstrated that, if some measure of relief be not provided, it will strike a severe blow at our limited coast-trade ships, and may possibly affect river and bay vessels as well.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 137 -

1.   Every space in a ship registered in Aus tralia or engaged in the coasting trade, which is appropriated to the berthing accommodation of seamen or apprentices, shall -

(a)   have for each seaman or apprentice a space of not less than one hundred and forty cubic feet and of not less than eighteen superficial feet measured on the deck or floor of that place, and of not less than five feet measured between bunks clear of all encumbrances at the forward or narrow end ; (3.) The owner of every such ship shall provide such sanitary, hospital, and lavatory accommodation, including bath-rooms, as in the opinion of a qualified medical inspector nominated by the Minister is sufficient for the requirements of the crew, and in the case of steam-ships the provision shall include an adequate supply of hot fresh water for the use of all members of the crew employed in connexion with the engines of the ship.

Penalty : One hundred pounds.....

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