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Thursday, 12 October 1972
Page: 1498

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for National Development aware that only 2 cultured pearl farms now exist in the Torres Strait area because of the apparent damage caused by detergents used in the area at the time of the grounding of the 'Oceanic Grandeur' on 3rd March 1970? What action has the Government planned to cope with oil spills that may occur in future? Is there available any type of oil dispersant that will not damage marine life?

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I am aware to some extent of the circumstances of the 'Oceanic Grandeur'.

Senator Keeffe - Two culture farms left out of 8.

Senator COTTON - Yes, I know. The honourable senator has told me that and I am interested in the information. I saw the Oceanic Grandeur' when it was stranded on the reef on that occasion. I do not know what dispersants or detergents were used on that occasion, but I think this is one circumstance in which the honourable senator would expect me to get precise information for him. I shall direct the question to the Department at the close of question time.

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