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Thursday, 14 September 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) .- - The Minister will not exercise this power in an autocratic fashion. He will satisfy himself, before taking action, that a pilot is unfit to continue his certificate. The power must be reposed in some one to suspend a certificate, and we must remember that these pilots will have in their hands the lives of numbers of people. If for any reason they become unfit to hold a certificate, there should be a power reposed in some one to suspend it. The Minister would only act upon information supplied to him, and after due inquiry made.

Senator Walker - Why not insert the words " after due inquiry " ?

Senator PEARCE - That would be surplusage.

Senator Needham - Would the decision of the Minister in such a matter be final?

Senator PEARCE - I may say that an exactly similar provision, in effect, will be found in the Merchant Shipping Act.

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