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Wednesday, 4 October 1911
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Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - It seems to me that this provision will cover a class of inspection which is not intended. Suppose, for instance, that a shipping firm want to purchase a vessel and send an officer of their own to report to them as to her condition. He will be engaged in making a report for a commercial purpose. Surely that is no concern of the Commonwealth?

Senator Pearce - This provision only deals with surveys required under the Act.

Senator MILLEN - Is the Minister clear on that point ?

Senator Pearce - Yes.

Senator MILLEN - I should be glad to have an assurance that it is not desired to hamper private individuals who want to have an inspection made of a vessel which they intend to purchase or sell.

Senator Pearce - That is quite clear.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Clause 192 consequentially amended and agreed to.

Clause 206 - (1.) A steam-ship, in respect of which a certi ficate of survey granted or recognised by the Board of Trade of the United Kingdom has been issued, shall, whilst that certificate remains in force, but subject to the succeeding provisions of this section, be exempt from survey under this Act :

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