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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
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Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I think that Senator Gardiner, in his serious moments, will agree with the general principle which underlies this clause. What I wish specially to point- out is that it isproposed to leave the distance to which the voyage of a vessel shall extend before the presence of a medical man is necessitated on board to be prescribed. What I wish to know is whether it is intended to make this provision apply to short voyages of, say, 100 miles, or merely to journeys from Perth round to the eastern States?

Senator Pearce - I think that what theMinister of Trade and Customs has in his- mind' are voyages to Perth and New Zealand.

Senator MILLEN - I quite recognise the necessity for a medical officer on board any vessel voyaging to or from Western Australia. It would be deplorable if our deliberations here were hampered at any time owing to a representative of that State1 not being in his usual health on account of the absence of a doctor on board the vessel by which he had travelled. But it is possible, by applying such a provision to short voyages, to impose a serious handicap on shipping without doing any earthly good to anybody.

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