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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
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Senator PRIMMER - Mr President,I will be guided by your wisdom as to who should answer this question. Will the Commonwealth Government give some consideration to the provision of compensation to those Victorian fisherman whose income will now be cut to nil because of the ban on flake due to mercury content or will the Commonwealth, in conjunction with Victoria, evolve some reconstruction programme for these people similar to that which applies to some other primary industries?

The PRESIDENT - I suppose the Ministers can decide among themselves to whom that question is addressed and who will answer it.

Senator COTTON - I imagine that it belongs to the Minister for Health but the next closest subject happens to be Shipping and Transport soI shall look after the matter.I shall see whatI can find out for the honourable senator.

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