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Thursday, 28 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - The words proposed to be omitted are meaningless. Ships will not be registered under this mea sure at all, but under the Merchant Shipping Act. In the original draft, provision was made for the registration of vessels, but that was subsequently found to be unnecessary and was abandoned. The words proposed to be omitted now were evidently overlooked when this alteration was made. I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

House of Representatives' Amendment.- After clause 415 insert the following new clause : - "415A. - (1.) No official performing any duty under this Act shall be taken to sea without his consent.

Penalty : One hundred pounds. (2.) The owner or master of any ship in which any official is taken to sea illegally shall, in addition to any penalty for an offence against this section, be liable to pay all expenses incidental to the official's return to duty."

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