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Thursday, 9 May 1957

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization remember that, in each of its annual reports since he has been Minister, the organization has stated that its fisheries and oceanographical studies must continue to be limited to coastal waters until it can put a trawler into service? Does he agree that schools of tuna abound in the Tasman and South Pacific, and are being located and caught by Japanese trawlers? Does he know that the organization's division of fisheries has only two research vessels, which are too small to use a trawl or to process material at sea, and are thus inadequate to study the movements of tuna on behalf of the Australian fishing industry? Can he say when it is likely that the division will be given the trawler for which plans were first projected by the Chifley Government, and for which amended plans were placed before him, according to reports, four years ago?

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