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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

This amendment is proposed' in order that by regulation there may be some differentiation between the classes of dangerous goods. Take the case of matches. They are commonly carried, and with proper precautions with regard to packing and stowing there is very little danger from them. It should not be a sufficient ground for a seamen to leave a ship that is carrying a few cases of matches which are properly stowed. Under the regulations, precautions will be taken for the carrying of such goods in small quantities. That is the reason why the House of Representatives propose to insert the words " the regulations or ". It is intended to meet the case of the carrying of small packages of matches, such as are frequently conveyed around our coasts. No honorable senator would say that the carrying of a few cases of matches should need a special stipulation in an agreement with seamen, failing which they should be able to leave the ship. We know that matches as made nowadays are fairly safe, and if properly stowed there should be no danger from them.

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