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Thursday, 28 November 1912

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I point out that in the clause there is a reference to the Minister of Trade and Customs, whilst the proper designation of the Minister in this connexion is Minister of Trade, Customs, and Navigation. Why should not the term used be " Minister of Navigation? "

Senator McGregor - Because we have no Minister of Navigation under the Constitution yet.

Senator GUTHRIE - We had, and as this is a measure which will be administered by the Navigation Department solely, the term " Minister of Navigation " would be an even more appropriate term to use.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 421 - (1.) The owner of every ship registered in Australia (not being a fishing boat) shall in each year make a return to the Minister at the prescribed time showing the aggregate gross earnings during the preceding year of all ships so registered of which he is owner, in the prescribed form.

House of Representatives' Amendment.- After "Australia" insert "or engage in the coasting trade."

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