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Wednesday, 20 November 1912


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That the amendments be agreed' to.

Experience has shown in the Titanic and other cases that transverse bulkheads are not in themselves always sufficient. A Committee presided over by Professor Biles, who, by the way, is, I believe, the naval authority who planned our torpedo destroyers, has been appointed by the Board of Trade to inquire into the whole question. When thereport is made available, we shall receive a copy. The first amendment will leave it open to us to prescribe either transverse or longitudinal bulkheads, or both, or watertight decks, or any other kind of partitions that may be desirable. The second amendment is to make it clear that any sort of double bottom will not do; but that they must conform to the standard which willbe laid down. It will also enable us to take into consideration the different requirements of different trades, and to prescribe accordingly.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 212. (Sending unsea worthy ships to sea.)

House of Representatives' Amendment.- Omit the clause, and insert new clauses : - 212. 1. Every person who sends any ship to sea in an unseaworthy state so that the life of any person is likely to be thereby endangered, shall, unless he proves that he used all reasonable means to insure the seaworthiness of the ship, be guilty of an indictable offence.

2.   Every master who knowingly takes a ship to sea in an unseaworthy state, so that the life of any person is likely to be thereby endangered, shall be guilty of an indictable offence.







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