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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator KINGSMILL (Western Australia) . - I should like to move that the House of Representatives be requested to insert after the word " Whaling " in sub-item g the word " trawling."' There is great need for reformand development in connexion with our fishing industries.

Senator Crawford -Would not the words " and other vessels " include trawlers ?

Senator KINGSMILL - Then why has the word " whaling " been specifically mentioned? Would not the words " vessels not commercially built in Austtralia " meet the case ?

Senator Crawford - The whole question arose in connexion with whaling.

Senator KINGSMILL - The fishing industry has been neglected. Our methods are 100 years behind the times.

For that reason the price of fish in Melbourne is high compared with the price ruling in cities supplied by trawlers. Honorable members will recollect the disastrous experiment in connexion with State fishing in New South Wales. The enterprise resulted in a loss of £300,000; but on its ruins a trawling industry has arisen which, although still in its infancy, has made a greatdifference to the fish supply of Sydney.

Senator Grant - The difference is not yet perceptible.

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