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Thursday, 11 April 1946

Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Post-war Reconstruction) - As the honorable member is aware, thereis a very great shortage of shipping suitable for the purpose he has mentioned, due, of course, to war conditions. Many small vessels' suitable for this 'traffic were required for the services. These are gradually being released, and as they become available they will be employed in services such as that to Tasmania. After the armed services have finished with these ships they require some renovation, and this also causes delay. Other circumstances also contribute to the general difficulties. I shall bring the question to the notice of the Minister for. Supply and Shipping, and the honorable member may rest assured that everything possible will be done to restore thetri-weekly service to Tasmania.

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