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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   What is the cause of the delay in proclaiming sections 3 to 208 of the Navigation Act 1958?

2.   When is it anticipated that these sections will be proclaimed?

Mr Townley - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has replied as follows: -

1.   The delay in proclaiming sections 3 to 208 of the Navigation Act 1958, is due partly to the fact that before such sections can be proclaimed it is desirable that unproclaimed sections of the Navigation Act 1953 be proclaimed to come into operation, and partly to the necessity to make a number of sets of Regulations before certain sections of the 1958 amending Act can be proclaimed. It is intended to proclaim these sections of the Navigation Act 1958, which do not require the making of regulations before they can be brought into operation at the same time as the 195.1 amendments are proclaimed. The remaining sections will be proclaimed as the required regulations are ready for issue.

2.   Proclamation of the Navigation Act 1953 amendments to come into operation requires the making of a number of sets of difficult and voluminous regulations, some of which include technical requirements in respect of construction, survey and equipment of ships. The required regulations have been drafted but finality as to the terms of certain of the regulations has not yet been reached. It is hoped that, at an early date, the stage will be reached when it will be possible to issue the regulations necessary to enable the 1953 act to be proclaimed. Immediate action will then be taken to proclaim the 1953 amendments and those sections of the 1958 act which can be brought into force withoutregulations. The proclamation of the remaining sections of the 1958 act should not then be long delayed.

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