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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - It is a pity that the Government did not disclose the intention of tabulating information, and furnishing a general report at an earlier stage. I have been carefully through the interim reports which have been printed. I think it would have been better if they had not been printed. We might have dealt with them as we deal with the Papuan reports.

Senator Pearce.The reports were printed at the request of Senator Sayers.

Senator CHATAWAY - All that I know is that the Printing Committee has considered the interim reports time after time, and that the printing of them has been a waste of money.

Senator Guthrie - The information has been of public interest.

Senator CHATAWAY - I am not sure of that. I doubt whether any one except myself has looked at the Queensland report ; nor do I know that any of the public have been interested in it. I hope that the Minister will represent to those who are responsible that what we require is not a general summary of matter which has already appeared in print, but some definite information respecting our fisheries, with proper plates illustrating the fish and other marine life that have been obtained by the Endeavour.

Senator Lt.-Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [6.29].- I think it desirable that periodical reports should be. presented, because the public ought to know what the Endeavour is doing. The only way of letting the public know is by the issue of periodical reports. The proposal as to co-ordinating the reports and giving us a full account of what has been done during twenty-nine cruises is a valuable one. The report, when published, will be much appreciated by the public generally, and will be of the greatest possible value.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 8 p.m.

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