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Friday, 26 July 1912

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - The honorable senator will find that in this Bill provision is made to meet such a case as he refers to. If he will look at paragraph a of clause 3 he will find that it is provided that - "First port of entry" in relation to a vessel means a first port of entry for that vessel.

Senator Guthrie - But it must be a proclaimed port of entry. That will be of no use in the case of small ports that are not proclaimed ports of entry.

Senator FINDLEY - It is not desirable, as the honorable senator is aware, to multiply the number of ports of entry, but it is highly desirable, in the interests of trade, and of Australia generally, that there should not be any undue hardship placed upon masters of . vessels Coming from clean ports, and desiring to enter small ports in Australia to secure loading. Provision is made in this Bill for such cases as Senator Guthrie has cited. If the vessel to which he refers came from a clean port, it would be possible under this Bill for that vessel to go into a small port, which would be proclaimed a port of entry, and she could get her necessary clearances and proceed on her voyage after she had secured her cargo. Whether the whole expense in such cases will be borne by the Commonwealth is a matter for consideration later on; but Senator Guthrie can accept my assurance that no such case as he has mentioned can occur under this Bill.

Clause agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment ; report adopted.

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