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Tuesday, 8 March 1904

Sir LANGDON BONYTHON (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I wish to ask the Minister for Trade and Customs a question, without notice. Is it a fact that the Victorian Marine Act exempts from pilotage Victorian owned and registered ships boundoversea which are commanded by masters who possess an exemption certificate, while levying pilotage on steamers trading under similar conditions, but owned and registered in other ports of the Commonwealth? If so, what steps does the Minister propose taking to terminate this unconstitutional practice? Sir WILLIAM LYNE. - In reply to the first part of the honorable member's question, the facts are as stated; but I am not now in a position to say what steps will be taken to terminate the practice. The matter was brought prominently under my notice a short time since by, I think, the manager of the Adelaide Steamship Company, and I advised that the company should refuse to pay. the pilotage and allow the legality of the practice to be tested in the Courts. That is the only course which can be taken' until there has been a repeal of the present law.

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