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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3087

Mr HUNT (Gwydir) (Minister for Transport)

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This is a small Bill to complement the Shipping Registration Bill 1980 by repealing the references in the Flags Act 1953 to the Australian Red Ensign. The Shipping Registration Bill proposes that the Australian national flag be the proper national colours for Australian ships covered by that Bill and this will mean phasing out the Australian Red Ensign.

I refer honourable members to the remarks I made in my second reading speech on the Shipping Registration Bill on the question of flags to be worn by Australian ships. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Morris) adjourned.

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