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Thursday, 14 September 1911

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) - I desire to draw attention to the necessity of prescribing an age at which pilots shall be compulsorily retired. It is on record that a very valuable ship, bound to this port, was wrecked in sight of land, and all, it was said, on account of the officer in charge being allowed to remain on duty long pastthe day when he was in the pink of condition.

Senator de Largie - To which ship does the honorable senator refer?

Senator LYNCH - I think it was a boat belonging to the Peninsular and Oriental Company. 1 believe that that notable incident led to an alteration of Victorian law, and that being the case, I think it would be wise to bring, this measure up to date in that regard by prescribing some age, say the sixtieth year, when a pilot should be compulsorily retired. A provision of that kind has been made in the case of the Military Forces, and it is equally necessary, I think, to apply the same principle in the case of our pilots. I suggest to the Minister the desirableness of prescribing, by regulation, an age limit up to which pilots can work.

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