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Thursday, 24 June 1937


Senator MARWICK asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

Is it the intention of the Government to construct suitable patrol boats for the preservation of our pearling beds, and to prevent smuggling on the north-west coast of Western Australia ?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answer : -

The whole question of providing an efficient patrol service on the Australian coast is at present receiving the careful consideration of the Government. A powerful vessel is. at present under construction for the Customs

Department for use in the prevention of smuggling and other breaches of the Customs Act in the northern waters df Australia. The Commonwealth Government has, however, no power to legislate for the control or protection of pearl or other fisheries within territorial waters, this being a. function of the State Government.







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