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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - Honorable senators sitting behind the Government, like honorable senators of the Opposition, when they were in office, support the decision of the Government in this matter. The discussion has revealed that one member of this chamber is an expert on the subject of the fishing industry, and henceforward we shall know Senator A. J. McLachlan as the piscatorial senator. I listened to his remarks with great interest. When the Scullin Government was in office, ex-Senator Daly did valuable ministerial work in encouraging the development of the fisheries of the Commonwealth. The sum of £3,000 may not seem large, but all of the revenue budgeted for by the Government is required. When the Opposition was in power, its legislative proposals were, for the most part, fully supported by the Labour party, although some of the measures "got under their skins". I urge that this item be agreed to, and I have no doubt that, when world conditions become normal, an adjustment of the sales tax favorable to those engaged in the fishing industry will be made.

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