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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator ABBOTT (New South Wales) . - Has the Government any particular vessel in view to carry out research work, or is it intended that a new vessel shall be constructed?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The tender of the Melbourne Harbour Trust has been accepted for the construction of a new vessel.

Senator ABBOTT - I trust that the Government will profit by the experience of the State Governments in their effort* to establish the industry in Australia. Many years ago the Government of New South Wales attempted to establish the trawling industry-

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It is not proposed to engage in trawling. The vessel is to be used for research purposes.

Senator ABBOTT - I am leading up to the . experiences in connexion with a similar vessel constructed for the Government of New South Wales. Senator Collings referred to the advantages of governmental control as opposed to control by private enterprise. I remind the honorable senator that some years ago during an inquiry held into the working of the New South Wales Public Service it was learned that the Government of New South Wales had constructed a very trim vessel, fitted with refrigerating machinery, to be used as a tender to the trawling fleet. It was discovered, however, that when the vessel was driven at high speed there was insufficient steam to keep the refrigerating machinery in action, and that if more power were applied to the refrigerating machinery loss of speed resulted. For this reason the vessel was considered unsuitable, its use was discontinued and for many years it was lying idle at Milson's Point wharf. It seems to me that the Government of New South Wales made a very serious mistake in connexion with that vessel though the matter was not ventilated to any extent. I hope that the Commonwealth Government will profit by that experience of the New South Wales Government.

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