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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - The Board of Trade regulations, which, I presume, will be followed to a large extent in the regulations issued under this measure, prohibit ' the carrying on board passenger ships of methylated spirits, rubber solution, and rags. Suppose that seamen enter into an agreement with the master of a vessel that is about to carry cargo of that character. Why should a regulation override that agreement? Why should not these matters be left between the ship-owners and the seamen? Many honorable senators do not know anything about regulations issued under Acts of Parliament, and how can a seamen who spends his life at sea, and does not even see the daily newspapers, know what the regulations contain ?

Senator Pearce - The President of the Seamen's Union should be able to inform them.

Senator GUTHRIE - I do not think that that is a fair interjection. Such things would be better left unsaid. The Minister must know that dangerous cargo is, to a very large extent, carried on ships. The seamen know that such goods are carried, and enter into agreements accordingly. The words proposed to be inserted by the House of Representatives are .unnecessary when there is an absolute agreement made by both parties interested. I trust that the Committee will see their way clear to retain the clause. as it left the Senate.

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