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Tuesday, 1 April 1980
Page: 1241

Senator ARCHER (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. On 4 November the Minister announced: . . a review of industry representation on the Northern Prawn Fishery Advisory Committee (NORPAC) is to be carried out with a view to meeting industry concern about the effectiveness of Government industry consultation in relation to future management decisions affecting the fishery.

Has this review been carried out? If so, what new appointments have been made? If not, when will those appointments be made, particularly in light of the very complex management decisions that will have to be taken in the northern prawn management area this year?

Senator SCOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Resources) - I have some information on the matters raised by the honourable senator. In accordance with the direction of the Australian Fisheries Council in November last year, a review of the Northern Prawn Fishery Advisory Committee is under way. This involves consultation with the industry as well as between Commonwealth and State fisheries authorities. Announcements of any new appointments will be made after the matter has been considered by the Australian Fisheries Council.

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