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Thursday, 26 March 1931


Senator BARNES - On the 20th March Senator Dunn asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   Is it a fact that in one of the most dangerous parts of navigable waters between Sydney and Hobart there is a large area of islands adjacent to the Tasmanian coast in Bass Straits, which constitutes a menace and a danger to shipping?

2.   Will the Minister call for a statement with a view to erecting a non-attended lighthouse on Babel Island or Cape Barren?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable senator that a report has been obtained from the technical officers of the Marine branch of the department who advise that theFurneaux Group, the large area of islands referred to, lie too far to the westward of the shipping track to constitute a menace to vessels travelling between Sydney and Hobart. Babel Island is about 40 miles and Cape Barren about 30 miles distant from the track. On account of the distance a light on either Babel Island or Cape Barren would not be of any service to vessels traversing the usual track between Hobart and Sydney.







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