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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2571

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I should like to raise one specific point. Two or three years ago we had the spectacle of foreign fishing boats fishing for prawns in the Gulf of Carpentaria which, incidentally, we have not been able to establish as historical waters or Australian controlled waters. These trawlers stayed just outside of the 12-mile limit, or whatever the limit was at the time, and were protected by one of their nation's warships. In the context of this legislation, if such vessels strayed a bit close to the Australian coast and the Australian Government seized them could not this cause diplomatic trouble with a nation to our north? A great deal of trouble was caused by foreign vessels fishing for prawns in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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