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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4275

Mr Nixon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Has the confiscated Taiwanese vessel 'Yung Yuan' been moved from Darwin to Maryborough for refitting.

(2)   If so, under whose authority was the vessel moved.

(3)   What are the names of the captain and crew who moved the vessel.

(4)   Who paid the captain and crew.

(5)   What wages and salaries were paid to the captain and to each member of the crew.

(6)   When did the vessel leave Darwin and when did it arrive in Maryborough.

Mr Bryant - The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The 'Yung Yuan' No. 21 has been sailed to Maryborough.

(2)   That of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, with the approval of the Department of Transport.

(3)   Captain S. Benson, Pilot Sadler, Mr N. Quoin, Mr N. Blights, Mr T. David, Mr H. Garner, Mr S. Benfield, Mr P. Savige, Mr G. Toby, Mr S. Horea, Mr S. Rattler, Mr T. Loban, Mr G. Nenidie.

(4)   The Australian Government through funds allocated to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

(5)   Captain Benson was at the time Marine Consultant to the Minister, and was in receipt of a retainer of $100 per month plus $35 per day. The crew members were paid $200 each. The pilot's fees were $1,780.

(6)   The vessel left Darwin at 5.45 p.m. on 23 July and arrived at Maryborough on 4 August.

Defence Forces: Assistance in Fire Prevention (Question No. 1262)

Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to the high growth rate of bushland and roadside growth and the subsequent expected high fire risk in the summer of 1973-74.

(2)   Will he investigate the possibility of the Defence Forces being directed to clear firebreaks where assistance is requested by Government and semi-government bodies.

(3)   Will he equip and have trained members of the Defence Forces to assist with firefighting and burning off in the summer of 1973-74.

Mr Barnard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I am aware of the high rate of bushland and roadside growth and its attendant fire risks.

(2)   There are long-standing arrangements whereby the Services provide assistance, to the extent practicable from within their available resources, in the event of national disasters, such as bushfires, and other emergencies. On many occasions the Services have demonstrated their willingness to provide prompt and substantial assistance to the State authorities responsible for fire prevention.

(3)   Fire is a weapon which has long been used in warfare, and the Services are organised and trained in methods of defence against it. In the circumstances a special program of training to enable members of the forces to assist with firefighting would be unnecessary.

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