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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - The Minister says that this matter can be provided for by regulation, but I remind him that the accommodation for seamen, firemen, and apprentices might be provided for in just the same way. This is a matter for which we should provide definitely in the Bill. If the Government thought it necessary in certain circumstances that increased accommodation, beyond that which I suggest should be provided for in the Bill, should be secured to passengers, there would be nothing to prevent that being done by regulation. We know that it is often the case that honorable senators know nothing of regulations until some difficulty in connexion with them crops up, and then, if any objection is urged, they are told that the regulations were laid on the table some time before, and that objection to them should have been urged then. The Minister has offered no argument against the amendment. He has merely contended that it would be more convenient to have the matter dealt with by regulation. The reply to that is that we have made provision for the accommodation for seamen, firemen, and apprentices in the Bill, and we should provide for passengers in the same way. I am asking nothing unreasonable. I ask that passengers should not be asked to put up with less than 140 cubic feet of space each. I am quite at a loss to understand why the Minister should offer any objection to my amendment.

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