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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
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Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - - I am glad to have that assurance from the Minister of Defence. The honorable senator, however, will see that it is not easy for a layman, dealing with a purely technical Bill of this kind, to submit an amendment of the sort, which may be immediately assailed by the legal advisers of the Government, on the ground that it affects some other part of the Bill which we do not desire to alter. In the circumstances, I ask the Minister to give early intimation of the opportunity to be afforded for dealing with the matter.

Senator Pearce - I can get an amendment drafted, whether I move it or not.

Senator MILLEN - Personally, I shall be satisfied with an exemption of a much smaller character than the Minister has indicated. I am not certain that a vessel carrying twelve passengers should not be regarded as a passenger boat. I was thinking of the case of small boats carrying onlyone, two, or three passengers, and these very irregularly.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator E. J. Russell) agreed to -

That the word " carpenter," under the heading " Sailing Ships," be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " shipwright."

Schedule, as amended, agreed to. Schedule III. (Scale of provisions). Amendment (by Senator Pearce) proposed -

That, after the sub-heading "Scale of Provisions," the following words be inserted, " in the case of British ships not registered in Australia and British ships not engaged in the coasting trade."

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