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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1516

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

What stage has been reached in the plans to establish nautical training institutions and programmes in Australia (Hansard, 2nd September 1970, page 904).

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As the honourable member was informed late last year, the Department of Shipping and Transport's inquiries into the possibility of establishing nautical training facilities in Australia have been extended to encompass the whole field of training and examination of all classes of seamen. A document on this subject entitled 'Training for Work at Sea', which was prepared by Mr T. Norris, a former First Assistant Secretary of my Department, has been circulated to shipowners, unions, educational establishments and other interested parties. When people have had a chance to look at the proposals contained in this document. I propose that the Secretary of my Department will convene a conference of interested persons so that the views and thoughts of people closely connected with this aspect of the Australian Merchant Marine can be taken into consideration.

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