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Tuesday, 11 October 1910

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - We have been told that the Board of Trade regulates the accommodation for, passengers. So it does also for seamen and firemen.

Senator Guthrie - No.

Senator SAYERS - It deals with the Home ships, and therefore it deals with the accommodation for passengers therein.

Senator Guthrie - Oh, no.

Senator SAYERS - It deals with passengers exactly as it deals with firemen and seamen. But we on this side do not think that that is enough. This division of the Bill is headed "Accommodation," and whilst clause 136 deals with the accommodation for officers, clause 137 deals, not only with the accommodation for seamen, but also with the accommodation for apprentices.

Senator Turley - Part II. of the Bill deals with "Masters and Seamen" only, and Part V. provides for " Passengers."

Senator Guthrie - Paragraph c of clause 268 relates to the number of passengers to be carried, and their accommodation.

Senator SAYERS - Under clause 268, regulations for the accommodation of passengers may be made, but how is the provision to be carried out? If the Government attempted to deal by regulation with the accommodation for firemen and seamen, no one would more strongly oppose the proposal than would Senator Guthrie. Yet he wants the accommodation for passengers to be left to regulation.

Senator Guthrie - No. I want the honorable senator to submit his amendment when clause 268 is reached.

Senator SAYERS - I may be told that it is a clause dealing only with regulations, and that the question of accommodation has already been dealt with. It will be too late for me to move an amendment when we get to that clause.

Senator St Ledger - No.

Senator SAYERS - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence if I shall be able to move this amendment on clause 268?

Senator Pearce - The honorable senator had better ask the Chairman if such an amendment would be in order.

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