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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2240

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the

Acting Minister for Shipping and Transport whether he will spell out to the House details of the difficulties encountered by his departmental officers in their unsuccessful endeavours to prevent the 'One and All' from sailing in southern waters long before it went to Queensland and commenced its disastrous voyage? Can the Minister tell the House whether any national government lacks control over its territorial waters as much as this Government does?

Mr HUNT - I do not think it is true to say that there were unsuccessful endeavours on the part of the Department of Shipping and Transport to prevent the 'One and All' from sailing. The facts as I understand them are that the ketch was sold in Adelaide in 1970 and it was then thought that the vessel was to be used commercially interstate. A surveyor from the Department of Shipping and Transport inspected the 'One and All' and the vessel was considered to be unseaworthy for commercial operations. The owner was informed accordingly. In April 1970 the then owner wrote to the Department stating categorically that the vessel was not to be used commercially but was to be used as a private vessel. Subsequently a voyage as a private craft was made to New South Wales and the Department has had no contact with the owner of the vessel in New South Wales. In October 1970 the owner asked the senior surveyor of the Maritime Services Board of New South Wales for details of the Board's requirements for vessels carrying passengers for gain. I understand that the owner was given a list of these requirements and told that the vessel had to be slipped. The Department heard nothing further from the owner. With respect to the last part of the question I do not know the answer but I will supply an answer to the honourable member in due course.

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