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Friday, 19 May 1939

Mr PRICE (Boothby) . - I support what was said by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Hol loway). At one time ships were built at Port Adelaide. I hope that, in the near future, the Government will Bee its way clear to make possible the re-establishment of the ship-building industry there. Many years ago the industry gave employment to a large number of men, and one of the ships built there was regarded as being equal in workmanship to vessels constructed at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, at Port Phillip or anywhere else in Australia. There should be an equitable distribution of Commonwealth naval construction work, and South Australia should receive its share. The facilities at Port Adelaide are quite ample. On many occasions, I have pressed the claims of the Port River in connexion with the establishment of a graving dock. The lack of graving dock facilities at Fremantle and Port Adelaide causes much inconvenience. If ships coming from England develop defects off the coast of Western Australia, they have to proceed to Melbourne or Sydney before repairs can be carried out. If a graving dock is to be established, it should be in a safe location.

Mr Mahoney - Hobart is the best site.

Mr PRICE - The honorable member for Denison will naturally support the claims of Hobart just as I am advancing the claims of Port Adelaide.

Mr Mahoney - Expert opinion favours Hobart.

Mr PRICE - In the opinion of experts, Port Adelaide is quite as safe as Hobart and is more convenient. There is a site at that port ready for the establishment of a dock, and all facilities are available for the carrying out of ship construction at a very low price. I hope that the undoubted claims of Port Adelaide will be thoroughly investigated. I shall later deal with the proposed general distribution of defence industries. On this occasion I merely wish to emphasize that it is not in the best interests of the nation to have the shipbuilding industry centralized in Sydney or Melbourne. Port Adelaide is well worthy of recognition.

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