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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3400

Mr DONALD CAMERON (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   In view of the information given by him to the House on 13th October 1971 concerning the vessel 'One and AH', will he now establish a fullscale marine inquiry. <2) Can he say why the 'One and All' travelled to the Middleton Reef if his Department refused to give the vessel a commercial licence.

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

(1)   Following investigations by officers of my department which indicated that there were no grounds for further action under the provisions of the Navigation Act, I decided that in the circumstances a full scale marine inquiry was not justified.

(2)   The owner of 'One and AH' did not apply for any form of licence or certificate from my department prior to the vessel's departure on the voyage to Middleton Reef and my department was not aware of the owner's intention to undertake the voyage.


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