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Wednesday, 26 November 1986
Page: 3746


Mr HOLLIS(12.14) —We should be dealing with the Navigation Amendment Bill together with the Bounty (Ship Repair) Bill, the Subsidy (Cultivation Machines and Equipment) Bill and the Fertilisers Subsidy Bill in a cognate debate instead of dealing with them one by one. They all deal more or less with the same matters. The Navigation Amendment Bill is an extension to the Bounty (Ship Repair) Bill that has just been debated. I noticed that the honourable member for Ryan (Mr Moore) again attacked the unions, saying that the Australian Council of Trade Unions ship repair committee was the sole determinant. Since he repeated what he said I will repeat what I said: The honourable member for Ryan should have come to Port Kembla to look at any of the rust-buckets that were held up there to see whether they met the International Labour Organisation convention 147.


Mr Simmons —He would be embarrassed.


Mr HOLLIS —He would be embarrassed and he would wonder why they were ever allowed to go to sea from any port. The unions held some of them up in Port Kembla and I must say that I supported the action in respect of the ships I saw. I did not see the ships in the other parts of Australia; I saw the ships in Port Kembla.

I agree with the Navigation Amendment Bill. I think that the power should go to the Minister. I know that the Minister will take all these things into consideration and it will be up to him to address the issues of substandard ships plying the Australian waters. I think that the ILO convention 147, which deals with ships that are a clear hazard to safety and health, is important and Australia should abide by it. I commend this Bill to the House.