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Thursday, 28 November 1912

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

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Marine Council to be appointed under clause 423 is to include representatives of the various classes whose interests are directly affected by the provisions of the Bill. It is difficult to understand how "merchants" were ever included among these. Probably, however, it was based to some extent on the practice in some States of permitting elected representatives of importers and exporters to have seats on the local Marine Boards. The Marine Council will, however, be a very different body to a Marine Board. It will have no executive power whatever, but will be purely an advisory body. The administration of the Act will be with the Department of Trade and Customs, under the responsible Minister. It will in no way prejudice the interests of merchants to exclude them from the Council, and the omission of the word "merchants" is being proposed accordingly.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 424 -

The Governor-General may make regulations,

Mouse of Representatives' Amendment.- After paragraph (c) insert the following new paragraph : - "(ca) matters affecting the stability of ships."

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