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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3168

Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 17 April 1980:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to an article in a recent edition of a Qantas magazine dealing with black marlin fishing in North Queensland indicating that tourism in Cairns and North Queensland generally would be greatly reduced without the presence of the black marlin.

(2)   Will he take action to have the Government ensure that the Australia-Japan fisheries agreement is re-negotiated to guarantee the continued existence and flourishing of the black marlin population in Australian waters.

Mr Thomson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1)Yes.

(2)   I have brought this question to the attention of the Minister for Primary Industry, who has responsibility for the re-negotiation of the Australia- Japan fisheries agreement.

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