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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - It is not clear whether " Heads " mark the limitation of a port, but the word " miles," as used, means land miles. The honorable senator will- see that "except as otherwise prescribed," the provision is not to apply: to steamers trading between ports less thai* 200 miles apart; but it is intended, if thisBill becomes law, to prescribe that tha. trade between Launceston and! Melbourne shall come under this provision, the reason, being that a vessel midway between Tasmania and Australia is out of the ordinary trade route, and is as much isolated as it she were in the Indian Ocean. The necessity of such a case for wireless apparatus is as great as it would be in connexion, with any other trade. 1 move -

That the amendment be further amended byadding the following new sub-clause 6 : - " (6.) The Governor-General may make regulations in accordance with the {.provisions of any International Convention to which the United. Kingdom is a party, relating to the use of wireless telegraphy on ships, and such regulationsmay be in addition to, or in substitution either wholly or in part for, the provisions of this section."

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