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Thursday, 25 October 1973

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I will pass on to the Minister for Transport the honourable senator's suggestion for a review. There are some worrying circumstances which have been reported by the crew of the 'Blythe Star', particularly the report that a plane flew over their raft but did not sight them.

Senator Rae - Several times.

Senator CAVANAGH - Several times. The Minister for Transport, Mr Charles Jones, reported in the other place today that he has initiated a preliminary investigation headed by Mr Taylor, I believe, who was Regional Controller of Transport in New South Wales. When he receives that report he will set up a court of marine inquiry into this question. We hope that as a result of these measures we will be able to review procedures so that any defects in the present system can be rectified for future searches.

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