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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - This clause gives power to make regulations as to lines and marks. The object of the amendment is to provide an additional sub-clause, in order to make the clause effective by providing a penalty of . £100 for a con-, travention of its provisions. Under the regulations, provision could have been made for a penalty of £50, but that is not considered sufficiently heavy for an offence in this connexion. I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

Amendments in clause 233 agreed to.

Clause 236 (Wireless telegraphy apparatus).

House of Representatives' Amendment.- Omit the clause and insert the following new clause : - "236. - (1.) Except as prescribed, every foreign-going ship, Australian-trade ship, or ship engaged in the coasting trade, carrying fifty or more persons, including passengers and crew, shall before going to sea from any port in Australia be equipped with an efficient apparatus for wireless communication in good working order in charge of one or more persons holding prescribed certificates of skill in the use of such apparatus (2.) For the purposes of this section apparatus for wireless communication shall not be deemed to be efficient unless -

(a)   it is capable of transmitting and receiving messages over a distance of at least one hundred miles, day or night ;

(b)   the person controlling the operator undertakes in writing to the Minister to exchange, and does, in fact, exchange, as far as may be physically practicable (of which the master shall be the judge), messages with shore or ship stations using similar or other systems of wireless communication ; and

(c)   there is provided, in connexion with the apparatus, and ready for use whenever from any cause the ordinary supply of electrical power is not available, a battery of accumulators of such capacity as to insure for a period of at least six hours communication of the efficiency prescribed in paragraph a of this sub-section. (3.) The master of a ship required by this Section to be so equipped shall not take her to sea, and the owner of a ship required to be so equipped shall not permit her to go to sea, unless the requirements of this section have been complied with.

Penalty : One thousand pounds. (4.) The Regulations may prescribe the times and hours during which an operator shall be in attendance on the apparatus, ready to receive or transmit messages. (5.) Except as otherwise prescribed, the provisions of this section shall not apply to ships plying exclusively between ports in Australia less than Two hundred miles apart."

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