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Tuesday, 27 March 1984
Page: 741


Senator COOK(9.56) —As has been indicated by Senator Peter Rae, the Shipping Registration Amendment Bill 1984 and the Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy) Amendment Bill 1984 are essentially procedural Bills. They are important to the Government's program in terms of its original policy intentions in this field. The intent of the Bills has been described by Senator Peter Rae. I do not want to go into any great detail about the Bills because I think the purpose of the Bills has been adequately placed on the record both in the House of Representatives and here. In any case, the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, Senator Gietzelt, will close the debate and make any appropriate technical comments about the legislation. All I want to say is that I think the Government's achievements in the maritime field since it took office in March 1983 have been quite considerable. This legislation meshes in with what we have done until now and continues that progress. The legislation that we are debating does not need to be reviewed in great detail. Because of the comments made by Senator Peter Rae, I do not think I need to make a long speech about it and I choose to leave my remarks there.