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Thursday, 2 August 1934

Mr CASEY (Corio) (Assistant Treasurer) . - The object of the vote is to procure a vessel suitable for exploratory work in regard to pelagic or surface swimming fish. A further vote of £5,000 will be provided for under " Miscellaneous Services " for the carrying out of tests. The vessel to be used is of a special type and should not be confused with the Endeavour, in which various experiments were conducted some years ago with regard to semi-demersal, or bottomswimming fish. Plans and specifications have been procured from Britain, Canada and other parts of the world, with a view to, getting the best type of vessel available for the work, and when these have been further considered tenders will be called, the desire being to have the vessel built as expeditiously as possible.

Mr Beasley - How does the Government propose to put the scheme in operation ?

Mr CASEY - The Commonwealth Fisheries Officer, Mr. Fowler, has visited all the States and is seeking the cooperation of the State authorities in regard to the investigation.

Mr Beasley - Will the exploratory work be carried out by the Government?

Mr CASEY - That is the proposal.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Proposed vote.- Department of the Treasury, £1,560, agreed to.

Department of the Interior.

Proposed vote,£362,300.

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