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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2369

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Acting Minister for Transport. In view of the allegations now being made relating to the conduct of the search for survivors of the 'Blythe Star', will he reconsider the decision of the Minister on the request by the Tasmanian Solicitor-General for the addition of assessors expert in marine searches to assist the inquiry into the sinking of the 'Blythe Star' and the mammoth but unsuccessful search for survivors?

Senator CAVANAGH -The Minister is satisfied that the inquiry that has been established is sufficient to ascertain the necessary details of the disaster. Press reports this morning show that counsel assisting the inquiry intends to bring out the whole question of some neglect. We think that the matter is well covered. There is no need for additional assistance at the inquiry. I think it would be unwise to make statements on the inquiry while it is in progress.

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