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Thursday, 7 August 1930

Senator DALY (South Australia) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) (3:50 AM) . - I assure the Leader of the Opposition that it is with very great regret that the Government has found it necessary to postpone the construction of this vessel. I do not agree, however, that it is a luxury. Anybody who has studied the fishing industry in Australia and the reports of the conferences that have been held, and- who is acquainted with the wonderful possibilities of the industry from the point of view of building up an absorptive capacity in the Commonwealth, must admit that the time is ripe for a survey to be made of our waters. But for the heavy curtailment that the Government has found necessary in connexion with its works programme, the construction of this particular vessel would have been proceeded with. If it is possible to proceed with the work during the course of the year, action in that direction will be taken by the Government. If .we are to exploit the wonderful possibilities of this industry in Australian waters, we shall have to apply more scientific methods than have been applied in the past, I should not have spoken upon this matter had not the Leader of the -Opposition referred to. this as a luxury item.

Senator Sir George Pearce - Perhaps that was a wrong term to apply to it.

Senator DALY - It is not a luxury item. It is to be regretted that the Government, temporarily at any rate, finds it necessary to postpone it.

Senator Sir Hal Colebatch - It is a matter of the greatest satisfaction.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 5 agreed to.


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