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Thursday, 9 December 1976
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Mr ELLICOTT (WentworthAttorneyGeneral) - in reply- I wish only to thank honourable members for their contributions to this debate. I think that everybody will agree that it has been a most constructive debate. It was interesting to listen to the honourable members for Fremantle (Mr Beazley) and Holt (Mr Yates) who spoke on the historical aspects of this legislation. Their historical research indicates the significance of this legislation. As we develop the continental shelf or the economic zone around Australia, it is essential that we protect the historic relics that lie off our coast.

I think that a great deal of credit must go to Western Australia for having the foresight to preserve these historic relics. This legislation precedes a great deal of development that I believe all honourable members believe will take place off-shore in the future. It is a good thing to have legislation which will stop the pillage that has been going on. I gather that the Mahogany Ship about which the honourable member for Holt spoke is not in the sea at all but is up on the beach.

Mr Yates - It is up in the hummocks. It is well off the beach.

Mr ELLICOTT -I refer the honourable member to the fact that this legislation relates only to the sea or so much of it as is outside the internal waters of the State of Victoria. So, the matter raised by the honourable member is one for the State of Victoria. It is perhaps unfortunate if that State has not acted to deal with the Mahogany Ship on the hummocks referred to by the honourable member. But we are indebted to the honourable member for the interest that he has shown in this matter.

The honourable member for Newcastle (Mr Charles Jones) spoke tonight with the extraordinary vigour to which we are accustomed and claimed great credit for amendments to the navigation legislation. He referred to operational manual provisions that had been omitted. I can only say to the honourable member that I regret that I cannot in the time available to me find those provisions. I have not been able to locate them in the Bill that was introduced into and passed by this House last year. I think that theonourable member may have been mistaken but he may be able to refer me later to that provision.

The honourable member for Fremantle spoke of the Maritime College. The honourable member will know that the site for the College has been selected by the Government at Launceston and some steps are being taken in order to establish it there. Hopefully the College will go ahead in the next financial year with greater speed and zest than will be the case in this financial year. I again thank honourable members for the contributions that they have made. I will pass those technical matters which relate to the Ministry concerned to the Minister for Administrative Services (Senator Withers). I am sure that he will pay attention to them. If they require answer, the Minister will answer directly to the honourable members concerned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee

The Bill

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