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Wednesday, 20 November 1912


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - Clause 191, which is dealt with by the postponed amendment No. 83 of the House of Representatives, dealt with the surveyors, and provided that -

Admission to the respective classes shall be by examination conducted under and in accordance with the regulations : -

Provided that any person who proves to the satisfaction of the Minister that he was at the commencement of this Act bond fide practising as a shipwright surveyor, boiler and hull surveyor, or engineer surveyor, or as a surveyor in any equivalent capacity under any State Act relating to navigation- might be admitted under this Act without passing the prescribed examination. Amendment No. 83 proposes to omit a part of that clause, and to substitute another for it, but the substituted clause contains no saving provision of that character.


Senator Pearce - The clause as it left the Senate contained certain restrictionswhich are not contained in the clause as amended in another place. It was because of those restrictions that it was necessary in the clause as passed by the Senate to include the provision referred to safeguarding the interests of State surveyors. As the new clause submitted by the House of Representatives does not contain the restrictions referred to, the provision safeguarding the interests of State surveyors has become unnecessary.


Senator KEATING - Are we to understand that this provision is surplusage in the Bill, and was so when it left the Senate ?


Senator Pearce - Yes, that is so.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 196 -

Subject to the power of the Minister to extend the time for re-survey, every steam-ship more than five years old, reckoning from the date of her first registration, shall be surveyed once at least in every six months, and every other steamship once at least in every twelve months, by the prescribed surveyor.

House of Representatives' Amendment.- Omit the clause, and insert the following new clause : - " Subject to the power of the Minister to extend the time for re-survey, every steam-ship shall be surveyed once at least in every twelve months by the prescribed surveyor."







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