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Wednesday, 20 April 1966

Mr POLLARD (LALOR, VICTORIA) - I wish to ask the Minister for Trade and Industry a supplementary question. Is it a fact that when war breaks out ships of any nationality, when confronted with danger, as inevitably happens in war time, invariably make for the country of their registration? What would be the position of a jointly owned ship if one of the joint owners belonged to a country which went to war while the ship was in mid ocean? No doubt if the ship had a mixed crew there would be a mutiny because if, for instance, one half of the ship's crew were Japanese, they would want to make for Japan and if the other half were Australian they would want to make for Australia. If the ship had an Australian crew the chances are that the ship would go to Australia. If it had a Japanese crew, then the chances are that the ship would sail for Japan.

Mr Irwin - They could have a spill.

Mr POLLARD - I remind the House of the historical trip of Hume and Hovell to Victoria in 1824. On that occasion, there was an argument as to whether Port Phillip was due south of the Murray or due east.

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