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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That the following proviso be added to the clause : -

Provided that no such exemption shall take effect with respect to any ship which is or has within twelve months been receiving a subsidy or bonus from any Government other than the Government of the Commonwealth or a State.

We know that that proviso will exclude a large number of vessels for the reason that they are bounty or subsidy fed.

Senator Chataway - Is there any definition in the Bill of "bounty" or " subsidy "?

Senator PEARCE - No; but the terms are well understood, I think.

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