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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1381

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. Can he confirm that the first report on the inquiry into the maritime industry has been received by the Government? If it has been received, what action has the Government so far taken as a result of the recommendations in that report?

Senator CAVANAGH -Yes, the report on the inquiry into the maritime industry was received and presented to the Governor-General on 6 May this year. The report covers the principles and broad proposals relating to training requirements for sea-going personnel. The report proposes that the central maritime college should be a part of the college of advanced education system. The Prime Minister has announced that the Government accepts in principle the conclusions in the report and will make an immediate examination of it in order to assess its recommendations and decide which ones could be put into operation. This report was considered on 25 July by an interdepartmental committee chaired by the Department of the Special Minister of State and included representatives from the Department of Transport. That committee has agreed to draft a submission to Cabinet requesting permission for action to be commenced to establish a central maritime college and to go ahead under the auspices of the Minister for Transport, the Minister for Education and the Minister for Agriculture. The commission of inquiry is now preparing a report on navigational aids and it is looking into the question of manning requirements for ships in general.

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