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Thursday, 28 November 1912

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

That the amendment be agreed to.

A great number of requirements under this Bill are quite . inappropriate to vessels not engaged in trade, such as fishing boats, motor boats, pleasure yachts, and the like. The amendment gives power to exempt these craft from all or any of the provisions of the Bill, and brings the Bill in that respect into agreement with the Merchant Shipping Acts and the New Zealand and Canadian Acts.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 423 -

(1)   The Minister shall appoint a marine council of such number as may be prescribed which shall include representatives of the following interests, namely : ship-owners, merchants, underwriters, certificated navigating officers, certificated engineer officers, and seamen.

House of Representatives' Amendment.- Omit " merchants."

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