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Tuesday, 20 October 1931

Mr SCULLIN - On the 16th October, the honorable member for Brisbane (Mr. D. Cameron) asked me a question without notice regarding the proposal for international control of the whaling industry. As promised, I have looked into the matter. The present position is as follows : -

As a result of a decision of the Hay session of the Council of the League of Nations, the question of the Convention for the Regulation of Whaling was placed on the agenda of the Twelfth Assembly. The draft convention and the observations of the various governments regarding it were referred to a special committee of jurists and experts which met at Geneva on the9th September, and on which the Commonwealth was represented by Mr. Borley of the Colonial Office. This committee agreed on a final text of the convention, generally on the lines already communicated to the House, and it was opened for signature during the assembly and signed on behalf of the Commonwealth by Mr. J. R. Collins. As soon as copies are available I will make the text available to the House.

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