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

That in sub-clause 1 the words " every foreign- " going ship " be left out, with a view to insert in Heu thereof the words' " every - (a) foreign- going ship ; or (i\ Australian-trade ship on a -voyage between consecutive ports of call which exceeds the prescribed distance."

The object of this amendment is to provide that where a ship travels beyond a certain distance and is out of reach of medical assistance from shore, she shall be compelled to carry a medical man, or, at all events, a person who can render first aid. We are extending the provision regarding the provision of a medical man on foreigngoing ships by providing that Australian trade ships shall also carry medical men if they go beyond a prescribed distance. For instance, it may be prescribed that a vessel going from Melbourne to Western Australia shall carry a medical officer.

Senator Keating - The clause as it stands would not provide for a medical officer being carried on a ship trading between Melbourne and New Zealand.

Senator PEARCE - No. The clause as it stands does not affect Australian trade ships at all. As we think it necessary to provide for medical officers being carried on foreign-going ships we also think it necessary that ships engaged in such trade as takes them away from the coast for a certain number of days should be similarly equipped.

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