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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
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Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That the following new scale be inserted : - Scale of provisions in the case of ships registered in Australia and ships engaged in the coasting trade.

This is, I may say, a little extension of the previous scale of provisions. It has been gone into closely by officers who have had a long association with the shipping trade. It has also been compared with a scale drawn up by Dr. Robertson, who gave expert evidence before the Navigation Commission as to the nutritive value of the various foods specified in the scale under consideration then. It has been drawn up after a comparison with the scale submitted by the navigation experts, with the scale submitted by Dr. Robertson, and with the scale in the Bill as introduced. I think that honorable senators will recognise that whilst it is fairly generous it is not too generous in view of the hard work which the men have to undergo.

Senator Millen - There is a blank under the heading of "Water." Is no water to be supplied on coasting vessels?

Senator PEARCE - Yes.

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