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Wednesday, 2 July 1930

Senator DALY - It is not the intention of the Government to build a trawler as the nucleus of a trawling fleet. The vessel referred to by the honorable senator has been sanctioned by Cabinet on the recommendation of two fisheries conferences convened by the previous Government. In view of the absence of knowledge of the essential facts necessary to place the trawling industry on a proper footing, the conferences recommended that a trawler should be procured, and that scientific investigations should be made. The matter is now in the hands of the consultative committee, consisting of Sir George Julius, Mr. Gepp, and Mr. Gunn, who will furnish a report to the Government. When their report has been received the matter will be referred to the Public Works Committee for further investigation and report. The vessel is not to form portion of a trawling fleet. It is purely to continue investigation work at the stage reached prior to the loss of the trawler Endeavour.

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