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Wednesday, 13 December 1905


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - As was pointed out by the Minister of Defence, in introducing the Bill, and by many other honorable senato rs on both sides, in speaking to the second reading, there are some very important provisions in this Bill, besides those contained in clauses 3 and 6. Provision is made for extending the liability of ship-owners for the maintenance of undesirable immigrants, and it is desirable that owners, agents, and charterers of ships should be informed of this alteration of the law. There are other provisions compelling ship-owners to take back to the ports from which they have brought them undesirable immigrants, in addition to those whom they are already liable to take back. In several ways the liability of ship-owners and charterers is extended, and agents of ship-owners resident outside the Commonwealth are brought under the operation of the law. Again, the police, as well as Customs officers, will be officers under this Bill, and it is desirable that they should be acquainted in the ordinary course with the nature of the duties which will devolve upon them. This cannot be done in a day, and the authorities of the Commonwealth cannot at present estimate what period of time must elapse before all concerned can become acquainted with their duties under this Bill. I can assure honorable senators that there is no intention on the part of the Government to delay the operation of this Bill.


Senator Pulsford - That is all I desire to know.


Senator KEATING - I can give the honorable senator that assurance, but we require the power to bring the measure into operation by proclamation for the reasons I have stated.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Motion (by Senator Playford) agreed to-

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

Report adopted.

Bill read a third time.







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