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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I should like to ask a question as to sub-clause 5 of the new clause. Take the case of ships plying between Melbourne and Launceston. The distance between Tamar Heads and Port Phillip Heads is 197 nautical miles. The question arises - What is a " port " ? In the sub-clause the term " between ports in Australia " is used. It may be desirable to have thepoint settled. It should also be determined whether the " miles " mentioned are nautical or ordinary land miles.

Senator GUTHRIE(South Australia) following recommendation with regard to wireless telegraphy -

Regard should be made to the resolution of the International Conference on Wireless Telegraphy recently held under the presidency of Sir Babbington Smith, that inhere practicable a silent room for receiving messages should form part of the installation.

I do not know what a silent room is, but the Minister might find out what is meant. It must be important, or Lord Mersey would not have put it into his report.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 8 p.m.

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