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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2447

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I wish to support the request by the honourable member for Newcastle (Mr Charles Jones). In doing so I am not necessarily supporting the suspicions he has expressed. I support him just on the principle that a marine inquiry should be held. I did place question No. 4488 on the notice paper today in which I asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport (Mr Nixon) whether, in view of the information which had come to his hand about the One and All', a full scale marine inquiry would be set up and also why the 'One and All' travelled to the Middleton Reef. I might say that the reason 1 became quite suspicious as to previous decisions in regard to the 'One and AH' was that in Adelaide, before the ship even went to Queensland, the Commonwealth Government had made a pronouncement on this vessel, as I mentioned in the House yesterday. Last weekend when I was travelling on an aeroplane to Sydney I happened to sit next to an ex-public servant who, unfortunately, had forgotten his vows and, thinking that I was just another person, started telling me everything he knew about the history of the 'One and Ali' and his department's dealings with that ship some months ago. But I have risen only briefly to support the honourable member for Newcastle in his call for a marine inquiry and to underline the fact that in reality he is supporting the request I have made in my question.

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