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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2571

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I want to point out to Senator Lawrie that the penalties that this Government is suggesting in this legislation are not comparable with the penalties that have been imposed successfully by Iceland and a number of coastline Latin American republics. If there is one thing that stands out in the international field today it is the fact that although the United States of America huffed and puffed about its objection to some of the decisions taken by Latin American countries in regard to their territorial sea limits, that country has learned to live with them. I say to Senator Lawrie and, to a lesser degree, to Senator Little that it is obvious that we must have some punitive powers in relation to vessels which fish inside our territorial sea limits. But as I have said, what is suggested by the Australian Government is not comparable with the punitive measures embodied in the successful expeditions that have been embarked upon by Iceland and Latin American countries against what may be deemed the super powers. But whether they be super powers or middle powers, if other countries see a bit of firmness they will capitulate and do what is wanted. An article in the 'Canberra Times' pointed out that a recent resolution carried in the United Nations concerning Iceland's claim to territorial waters- a resolution supported by Australia- was a moral victory for that country.

Question put*

That the amendments (Senator Laucke':) be agreed to.

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