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Tuesday, 11 September 1928

Mr BRUCE - On the 6th September, the honorable member for Brisbane (Mr. D. Cameron) asked the following question : -

Referring to the question by the honorable member for Brisbane on the 22nd November last, and the Minister's reply of the 24th November last, regarding wireless equipment on coastal vessels, has any action yet been taken by the State Governments, and has the

Commonwealth Government given this question further consideration as promised; it so, with what result?

I am now able to furnish the honorable member with the following information : -

As regards intra-State vessels, which are outside the scope of Commonwealth law the position remains as stated in the reply given to the honorable member's question on 24th November last. No State legislation has as yet been passed, on the lines of the Commonwealth Navigation Act, making it compulsory for intra-State vessels over 1,600 tons or carrying twelve or more passengers on voyages of over a certain distance, to carry wireless. On the general question of amending theCommmonwealth Act in the direction of applying the requirement of wireless to smaller vessels, the Government is awaiting the results of an International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea, at which the subject of wireless on ships will be discussed. This conference, at which the Commonwealth will be represented, was to have been held in London within the next few months, but has been unavoidably postponed until next year.

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