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Wednesday, 26 November 1986
Page: 3745


Mr IAN ROBINSON(12.09) —I want to raise briefly one aspect of the Bounty (Ship Repair) Bill. I refer to the decision made by the Government last year which limited the number of shipyards that can undertake repairs of the kind referred to in this debate. I believe that this imposes an unfair and unwarranted restriction on certain shipyards. I refer to the Ballina slipway in northern New South Wales and to a slipway on the Clarence River in northern New South Wales, both of which are capable of undertaking repair work of a viable nature and creating employment. Of course, the decision which resulted in these shipyards no longer being able to undertake work was made prior to the decision of the Government as outlined in this legislation. I hope that that aspect will be reviewed.

I appreciate the complexity of the whole matter. I understand what the Minister for Transport (Mr Peter Morris) has just put to the House regarding the three elements of viability, the nature of the work to be undertaken and the historic problems that have arisen in these matters. But I just make a very brief plea that, because of the changed circumstances which have now arisen as a result of the Government's decision on the subsidisation of ship repair work, such locations as the Ballina slipway, and other locations I mentioned such as the Clarence River, be again considered as locations which could be approved for the undertaking of work of the kind that will be assisted by the measure now before the House.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Ruddock) —I just remind honourable members that there are limitations on the scope of speeches on the third reading debate. They should be restricted to the matters contained in the clauses and Schedules to the Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.