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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - This discussion has gone further than I thought it would do when I first raised the point with regard to the trawler. I have risen again to impress upon the Government the necessity of making the annual reports in connexion with the work of the trawler valuable for the information which they contain. I have before me the late Mr. Saville-Kent'sNaturalist in Australia, which is an exceedingly fine work. 1 direct the Minister's attention to the illustrations which it contains. Mr. SavilleKent was one of the best authorities on the subject. This book shows how thorough his knowledge was. The illustrations to it are most interesting. I hope that the Minister will make it his business to see that the reports will not be mere summaries of everyday occurrences like the lowering of the trawling nets, such as we are now getting from Mr. Dannevig. I suppose that Mr. Dannevig is a person of considerable experience, who knows what he is doing, and that he will be able to furnish us with proper scientific descriptions of the fish and other forms of marine life obtained by the trawler's nets. But reports should not only be interesting and full of useful information j they should contain such illustrations as Mr. Saville-Kent used to fur nish with his valuable works. They should give definite information and not a casual report or a log of what was done from day to day.

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