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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
Page: 1023

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - - The Minister of Defence has -not answered my question.

Senator Pearce - What was the question ?

Senator MILLEN - I apologize to the Committee, on behalf of the Minister, for having to re-state the difficulty to which I directed his attention. I wish to know what the effect of this proposal will be on small coasting boats used as cargo boats, but which occasionally carry a passenger from one isolated port to another. Is there to be any exemption from the provisions of this scale in the case of such boats, or must it be complied with by such boats which supply the only convenience which persons resident at isolated ports at present have for travelling to the metropolis, or to other parts of a State? There is often an interval of two weeks or a month between the visits of the larger vessels to some of the northern ports of New South Wales ; and the small cargo boats, in the -circumstances, supply practically the only means by which people can travel from those ports to other ports of the State.

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