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Wednesday, 16 September 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for External Affairs) [4.9]. - The investigations to be undertaken under the direction of Dr. Harold Thompson relate to only one branch of the fishing industry - a branch which has not 'been developed in Australian waters hitherto, although considerable developments along such lines have taken place in other countries and have proved most profitable. It is only natural, therefore, that there is no one in Australia with asufficient knowledge of the general direction of the industry to undertake this work; and consequently, the Government has made an appointment from outside Australia. Dr. Harold Thompson has been appointed to advise the Minister on the general direction of the research into this industry. It is true, as Senator Brown has stated, that several Commonwealth officers have knowledge of some phases of the fishing industry ; and the Government intends to utilize their services fully. It will not go outside Australia for its officers if suitable men canbe found in this country; but only a man with a wide experience of the fishing industry generally would be capable of advising the Government.

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