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Thursday, 29 September 1955

Mr Keon n asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

Will he make available a copy of the agreements now operative between the Australian Overseas Transport Association and Australian shippers of primary products?

Mr McEwen (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Commerce and Agriculture) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

The Australian Overseas Transport Association is the body which ratifies agreements entered into by individual shippers and the Overseas Shipping Representatives Association. As such it cannot enter into contracts with either shipper or shipowner.If the honorable member has in mind the normal commercial contracts entered into for the carriage of goods overseas,I would point out that these are purely private business agreements between the parties concerned. They arc not available to the Government.

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