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Wednesday, 20 November 1912


Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - Sub-clause 1 of the House of Representatives' amendment makes ample provision in this matter. It provides that every person who sends any ship to sea in an unseaworthy condition, unless he proves that he used all reasonable meansto insure the seaworthiness of the ship, shall be guilty of an indictable offence.


Senator Guthrie - That does not include the master, because the master is. specially mentioned in sub-clause 2.


Senator DE LARGIE - I believe that " every person " would include the master. There might be very good reason for excluding the master, because a man may be asked to take charge of a ship at the last moment before she sails owing to the sudden illness of the previous master of the vessel. How could the new master know the condition of his ship? The hanging up of a ship for twenty-four hours may result in considerable expense to the owner. Ships have often to leave a port at a certain time in order to reach another at a convenient state of the tide. It would be possible under sub-clause 2 to proceed against the master.


Senator Guthrie - And his defence would be : "I did not know she was unseaworthy."


Senator DE LARGIE - I think it would be quite possible under the amendment todeal with a master who deliberately took an unseaworthy ship to sea, and I see nonecessity for Senator Guthrie's amendment..







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