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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator HENDERSON (Western Australia) . - Senator Sayers has complained that I have not replied to his argu- ments. I was not aware that he had used an argument at all. I did hear him say something about Victoria and New South Wales, but there is no proof that either of those States explored their waters thoroughly. In any case, they could only prospect waters that were under their own jurisdiction. The Victorian Government experimented purely for Victorian purposes.

Senator Pearce - They did not use a properly-equipped trawler either.

Senator HENDERSON - They had not a properly-equipped trawler to employ upon the work. New South Wales followed precisely the same course. Neither State had the ghost of an idea of exploring round the coasts of Australia to find out whether there were good fishing grounds or not. It is quite possible that within 10 miles of the Victorian coast there may be no fishing grounds suitable for trawling. The same may be said as to the New South Wales coast. But, after all, these are but a small portion of our 8,000 miles of coast line. Because the State Governments found nothing satisfactory, that is by no means a reason why we should desist from our efforts to ascertain whether there are good trawling grounds or not.

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