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Thursday, 5 June 1975
Page: 3434

Dr CASS (Maribyrnong) (Minister for Environment) - -This clause relates to the situation in which somebody in authority seizes a vessel or article because it is felt at the time that it might have been involved in some misdemeanour in the area, but subsequently that is found not to have been the case. The Opposition spokesman made the point to the Government that this could mean some considerable burden to an individual who, for example, was unnecessarily deprived of the use of his vessel while the position was being clarified. On the other hand, the Government has sought to provide some time in which to establish the truth or otherwise of the claim that something has been going on that should not have been going on. In discussion we have agreed to a compromise which allows the vessel or article to be held for a period not exceeding 7 days. If in that time some resolution can be achieved, well and good; but, if it is felt necessary to detain the vessel for longer than that time and subsequently it is found that it was not involved in any misdemeanour, the owner could reasonably expect some compensation. The Government is quite happy with this amendment.

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