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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2570

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - In answer to the last question asked by Senator Sim, my understanding from what I have been told by my advisers is that this would not jeopardise an application by an owner. May I say to Senator Greenwood that I fully understand the purpose of the Opposition's amendment. Even though the amendment may have been put forward in good faith there is no confusion in my mind about the Government's intentions. We have to exercise a certain discipline in these matters. If we have to insert a mandatory clause of this nature in this legislation we should do so. In fact, I think the original legislation which was introduced by the previous Government also had the word 'shall' in clause 13c. However, that is history. The important point is that we should exercise our authority in Australian waters in the most humane way we can without penalising individuals whose normal day to day work is on these vessels. The Government's position remains the same in regard to the clauses now under discussion. We will oppose the 2 amendments and if need be we will call for a division on them.

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