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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
Page: 1027

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I have here a specific case, which I do not wish to quote, because it is of rather a painful character.

Senator St Ledger - I do not want the Minister to supply me with names.

Senator PEARCE - Everybody must recognise the general need which exists for the change that we propose. But here is a specific reason for it. On the last voyage of one well-known steamer from Western Australia to Adelaide, a man on board cut his throat when the vessel was two days' steaming distance from Adelaide. There was no medical officer on board, but some of the passengers stitched up his throat as best they could, and the man lived until a few hours before the ship's arrival in Ade laide. Had a medical officer been on board his life would probably have been saved. Everybody who has travelled by sea must recognise the advantage which would be conferred by the presence of a medical man on vessels undertaking a voyage of several days.

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