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Wednesday, 20 November 1912


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I have to ask the Committee to allow me to withdraw temporarily the motion before the Chair. I wish to move an amendment with regard to silent chambers, which has been mentioned by Senator Guthrie.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.


Senator PEARCE - I move-

That the amendment be amended by inserting after sub-clause 2 the following new subclause : - " 2A. The equipment shall,if so prescribed, include a silent chamber for the receipt of messages."

The reason why we propose to insert the words "if so prescribed," is that other countries are legislating on this subject, and it is quite possible that they may prescribe for wireless installations on ships that may not include silent chambers. A silent chamber is advantageous, though it is not absolutely essential. We propose to take power, therefore, to prescribe silent chambers if thought desirable.

Motion agreed to.







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