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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 751

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - There has been a misunderstanding between Senator Mulvihill and myself. Earlier today he asked me a question relating to Australia's control over adjacent fishing resources and how far this extended out to sea. 1 inform the honourable senator that the Government's policy has been and continues to be to claim for Australia the maximum control over fisheries which international' law permits. The Australian

Government's stated objective in participating in the current law of the sea negotiations is to influence a change in international law which will result in recognition, by foreign countries, of the preferential rights of Australian fishermen throughout a broad zone of coastal fisheries.

Senator Devitt - What does that mean?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - We are trying to obtain the maximum.

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