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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2568


Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I will not delay the second reading debate because it is quite obvious that the Opposition supports the 2 Bills with the exception, of course, of the amendments which will be moved in the Committee stage. I wish to make one or two brief comments. I think that the points raised by Senator Laucke could best be dealt with during the Committee stage. Senator Lawrie made some remarks concerning the actual wording of the second reading speech. Technically, I think that he is possibly right. The points he raised involve the manner in which the second reading speech is worded. I think that if he considers it he will find that the reference to the Great Barrier Reef is concerned with the reference above that to the continental shelf and not to the external territories. Possibly, it could have been worded a little more clearly but obviously that is the intent of the passage.

Concerning the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, it is true, as he says, that it is already law that these various species cannot be taken. But there are also such matters as spillage and pollution which also should be taken into account. In fact, the Bill is providing for that. Reference was made to the 200 mile limit from the coastline. This is a matter which will have to be determined when the law of the sea conference takes place. It is probably premature for us to be considering that aspect of the matter at this stage. I think that the real matters we have to debate will be raised in the Committee stage. So I suggest that we take a vote on the question that the Bill be read a second time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee

Clauses 1 to 10- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Clauses 11 and 12- by leave- taken together.







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