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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2242

Mr GORTON (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport and follows upon a question asked by the honourable member for Griffiths concerning the ketch 'One and AH'. Will the Minister ask his departmental advisers to consider the feasibility, on the assumption that the Commonwealth has sovereignty over the territorial sea, of creating a safety code at Commonwealth level for vessels not engaged in overseas or interstate trade but sailing in and beyond the confines of the territorial sea?

Mr HUNT - In Perth in September there was a meeting between the Minister for Shipping and Transport and appropriate State Ministers and at this meeting it was resolved to look into areas where there should be greater co-operation between Commonwealth and the States with respect to a variety of matters, including laws surrounding the sailing of private yachts and pleasure craft in Australian waters.

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