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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr RIORDAN (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - In the annual report of the Administrator of the Northern Territory, attention is drawn to the fact that last year from 4,000 to 5,000 tons of pearl shell was fished out of Northern Territory and Thursday Island waters by Japanese pearlers, compared with about 800 tons recovered by local pearlers. Can the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior state whether it is the intention of the Government to take any action for the patrol of these waters by means of a seaplane - the Vigilant being useless for this purpose- in order that the local industry may be protected against foreign encroachment ?

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