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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 464

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry whether I can have an assurance that just as the Department of Primary Industry supported the States against moves to destroy the dolphin last year, on this occasion the Commonwealth will support the States which reject the sadistic desires of Mr Sealey of the Geelong Fishermen's League to decimate our seal population.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - It is my understanding that Mr Sealey wants to kill the seals because they are interfering with the catches of Victorian fishermen. I believe that this is nothing new on the part of Victorian fishermen; over the years they have made many representations along these lines to the Victorian Government. The Victorian Government has always refused the request, and I have received no information that the Victorian Government is likely to change its present policy.

Senator Mulvihill - Outside the 3-mile limit does the Commonwealth not have jurisdiction?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I do not think so, but I will check it for the honourable senator.

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