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AN ACT to amend the Bush Fires Act, 1902.

[Assented to 22nd November, 1904.]

E it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and

and Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1. This Act may be cited as the Bush Fires Amendment Act, Short title. 1904, and shall be read as one with the Bush Fires Act, 1902, hereinafter referred to as the principal Act.

2. The Governor may, from time to time, suspend the operation Amendment of of any declaration made under section five of the principal Act, so No. 18,8.5 far as such declaration extends to any railway reserve, for any period not exceeding six weeks in any one year.

1 & 2 Edw. VII..

By Authority: WM. ALFRED WATSON, Government Printer, Perth.

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No. 37 of 1904. AN ACT to amend the Mines Regulation Act, 1895.

Assented to 25th November, 1904.]

BE

E it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and

with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1. This Act may be cited as the Mines Regulati' n Amendment Short title, and Act, 1904, and shall be read as one with the Mines Regulation Act, incorporation with

37 1895, hereinafter referred to as the principal Act.

2. In any case where an inspector finds any mine, or any part Inspector may give thereof, or any machine, plant, matter, thing, or practice in or con- notice of dangerous nected therewith, to be dangerous or defective, so as, in his opinion, not provided for. to threaten or tend to the bodily injury of any person, and the case n.z., No. 38 of 1898, is not elsewhere sufficiently provided for by any express provision of s. 211. the principal Act, the following special provisions shall apply: (1.) The inspector shall, by requisition in writing addressed

in general terms to the mining manager, and delivered
at the mine, specify the nature of such danger or defect,
together with his reason for holding that the same exists,
and require that the matter complained of be forth with
remedied.

(2.)

(2.) On receipt of such requisition the mining manager shall

forthwith comply therewith, or, if he intends to object thereto, as provided by the next following subsection, he shall cease to use the said mine or part thereof, machine, plant, matter, thing, or practice, and shall forth with withdraw all men from the danger indicated by the inspector until such time as the matter shall have been determined by arbitration ; provided nevertheless, that the Minister or the inspector may allow work to proceed during such period, under such restrictions and upon such conditions as he may consider necessary and shall

specify, in writing, to insure the safety of the workmen. (3.) If the mining manager objects to comply with such

requisition, he may, within seven days after the delivery thereof as aforesaid, send his objections in writing, stating the grounds of his objections, to the inspector, who shall send a copy thereof to the Minister, and thereupon the matter shall be determined by arbitration

in the prescribed manner. (4.) For the purposes of such arbitration, the date of the

receipt by the inspector of such objection shall be

deemed to be the date of the reference. (5.) If the owner fails to comply with the requisition, or, in

the event of objection and arbitration, with the award made on arbitration, and such failure continues for fourteen days after the expiration of the time for objection or the date of the award, as the case may be, he commits an offence, and the requisition or award, as the case may be, shall be deemed to be written notice of

such offence. (6.) In any proceedings for a penalty in respect of such

offence, the Court, if satisfied that the owner has taken active measures for complying with the requisition or award, but has not, with reasonable diligence, been able to complete the works, may adjourn such proceedings, and if the works are completed within a reasonable

time, no penalty shall be inflicted. (7.) No person shall be deemed to be precluded by any

contract or agreement from doing such acts as may be necessary to comply with any of the provisions of this section, or be liable under any contract or agreement to

any penalty or forfeiture for doing such acts. (8.) In the event of the matter in dispute being submitted to

arbitration, the arbitrators may determine which party shall pay the cost of the award, and such costs may be recovered in a summary way before any two justices of the peace in petty sessions.

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