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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 959

Mr DAWKINS (Fremantle) - I wish to make a brief personal explanation. I have just become aware of the fact that on 1 May this year I inadvertently made an incorrect statement. In the debate on the Fisheries Amendment Bill 1980, which was a cognate debate, I was discussing the Historic Shipwrecks Amendment Bill 1980. In the course of that debate I made the following statement:

It was found as a result of the Robinson case that it was beyond the power of the Western Australian Parliament to legislate in respect of the wreck which Robinson found.

What I meant to say was 'in respect of the wreck which Robinson claimed to have found'. The important thing is that there is a dispute between Robinson and others as to who found the wreck. My own view is that Robinson was not the first person to find it and that, in fact, the first person to find it was a Mr J. A. Henderson. I did not want to give the impression that it was my view that Robinson was the one to find the wreck.

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