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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Page: 1494


Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (16:10): I move:

That the Senate calls on the Government to:

(a) send a Customs vessel to the Southern Ocean now That the whaling season has commenced, as it is important that Australia has a Southern Ocean presence given the ongoing risk of confrontation between whalers and protestors; and

(b) ensure That the resources devoted to patrolling illegal foreign fishing are not diverted to other activities, including That the Australian Customs Vessel Ocean Protector and/or its replacement is provided with sufficient funding to devote an adequate level of patrol days in the Southern waters every financial year.