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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - Lately there has: been handed to us a report of the trawler Endeavour, which is engaged in fisheries investigation. A number of these isolated reports have been furnished to us. They show the work that has been done within specified intervals. I desire to ask whether the Government cannot arrange to have these reports, which are being furnished piecemeal, properly edited and brought together, so that we may have a record of the investigations made by the Endeavour in Australian waters, showing clearly the work that has been done and the amount of success that has been achieved ? These interim reports merely show what has been done during twelve or fourteen days in Queensland or New South Wales. Mr. Dannevig, who is in charge of the Endeavour, ought to furnish us. with a general report in such a form that the public might learn something about the trawling possibilities on the Australian coast. Will the Minister make a note of the point and see whether . a report cannot be furnished of the proceedings of the vessel up to the 30th July ? If the Government wish to have an illustration of how that sort of thing can be done, I refer them to the very fine reports made by the late Mr. W. Saville-Kent in connexion with the Queensland fisheries. Those reports not only show that on a particular date the vessel engaged in the service got the net on to a rock bottom, but gave illustrations of the voyages and furnished interesting particulars. The books that Mr. Saville-Kent wrote were very valuable, and were of great benefit to the fisheries of Queensland. The Government having taken this work in hand, it would be a good thing to have a report furnished to Parliament showing the progress that has been made up to date on the Endeavour.

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