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Tuesday, 14 November 1905

Senator HENDERSON (Western Australia) - There is no necessity whatever for such an amendment in the case of chains and ropes used in connexion with the mining industry. The laws affecting the mining industry throughout Australia already make such an inspection of ropes and chains compulsory as renders the amendment entirely unnecessary.

Senator Guthrie - There is no inspection in South Australia.

Senator HENDERSON - I thought that South Australia was as civilized as are other parts of the Commonwealth. Under the mining laws of the other States the inspection of ropes and gear is carried out as regularly as the tick of the clock. Employe's in the mining industry are not prepared to risk their lives on a rope which has been used until it is almost worn out, and the breaking of which might drop them to the bottom of a shaft. We can safely leave the inspection of ropes and chains in the hands of the States Legislatures.

Senator PLAYFORD(South Australia - Minister of Defence). - I ask Senator Guthrie not to press the amendment. As Senator Henderson has pointed out, it is unnecessary, so far as the mining industry is concerned. I must confess that I was surprised to hear that ropes and chains are not inspected in South Australia in connexion with the mining industry.

Senator Sir Richard Baker - That is not correct.

Senator PLAYFORD - I understand from Senator Baker that the statement is not correct. So far as the shipping industry is concerned, I think it will be admitted that the proper place for such a provision is in a Navigation Bill.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia). - On behalf of Senator Styles, I move -

That the following new paragraph be inserted to follow paragraph d : - [da) jewellery; or

Senator Stylesgave notice of this amendment, and no doubt honorable senators are aware that there is a very great deal of jewellery at present being sold in the Commonwealth as gold which contains but a very small proportion of gold, though every link of a chain may be marked " 15-carat." A large quantity of the jewellery which is imported is fraudulently marked, and itshould be dealt with under a Bill of this character. The Committee will be well advised in accepting the amendment.

Senator PLAYFORD(South AustraliaMinister) of Defence). - TheGovernment are prepared to accept the amendment. We are satisfied that jewellery is an article which might very properly be brought under this clause.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed. to.

Clauses16, 17, 18, and the title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Senate adjourned at 12.26 a.m. (Wednesday). .

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