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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That the amendments be agreed to.

This clause laid a statutory obligation upon all ships to be provided with an independent chain connexion with the rudder body ready for immediate adjustment. Under modern conditions, there is really no necessity in many cases for this independent chain connexion. In the first place, there has been great improvement in recent years in rudder construction, and it is a most unusual occurrence for a rudder's stock to carry away. Some years ago, this was by no means an uncommon occurrence. A considerable number of steam-ships are provided to-day with multiple screws, and so are able to steer without the assistance of the rudder, if necessary. There may be cases in which the chain connexion is necessary, and the House of Representatives have made an amendment which will permit of a regulation being framed so that, in cases where it is necessary, this safeguard may be provided. The penalty is proposed to be left out because there is a general penalty provided for breaches of the Act.

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