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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 2012


Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(8.19) —Senator Scott's amendment seeks to add these words to the motion for the second reading of the Fishing Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1984:

but, in relation to the Fishing Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1984, the Senate is of the opinion that the legislation should not have been introduced until completion of an off-shore constitutional settlement between the Commonwealth and the States formalising areas of fisheries administration.

I am informed that implementation of the off-shore constitutional settlement is still being considered by the Government. A delay in the commencement of this legislation until the off-shore constitutional settlement is completed could delay the collection of levies to support schemes such as the northern prawn fishery voluntary licence entitlement buy-back scheme initiated at the request of the industry. The legislation provides machinery for imposing a levy to support management regimes requested by and for the long term benefit of the industry. The levy will not be imposed without full consultation with the industry. To delay commencement of this legislation until the off-shore constitutional settlement is completed could delay desirable fisheries management schemes for the benefit of the industry which need to be supported by the levies. For that reason the Government opposes the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time.