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Thursday, 21 May 1936


Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - I wish that the matter were clearer. We are asked to pass legislation which is to apply to the territorial waters of the Commonwealth. In reply to my request for a definition of " territorial waters ". the Minister referred me to an earlier act. I now ask whether that act defines " territorial waters of the Commonwealth"?


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - No.


Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES - The Minister says that the term means at least the waters within the 3-mile limit. It meant that 35 years ago, but there have been many changes since then. The extent of the territories under the authority of the Commonwealth are ascertainable : it would be well if we knew definitely whether the territorial waters extend 3 miles or further, before agreeing to this bill.







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