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Thursday, 28 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) - I asked the Chairman whether he would give me a direction. I think that the form of the motion should be that the amendment be agreed to, and that a consequential amendment be made by inserting the words I read.

Senator Millen - Conditionally upon that being accepted.

Senator PEARCE - That is not the term used. I move -

That the amendment of the House of Representatives be agreed to, and the following consequential amendment be made in clause 421 of the Bill, viz., after sub-clause (1.) to insert the following proviso : - " Provided that the returns required to be furnished in regard to ships not registered in Australia shall relate only to the earnings of those ships whilst engaged in the coasting trade."

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