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Tuesday, 16 October 1956

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - Is the Prime Minister aware of a Cabinet decision rejecting the reinstitution of a passenger-cargo shipping service between Hobart and Sydney - a matter that had united all Tasmanian senators and members of the House of Representatives, together with the Tasmanian

Government, led by the Chief Secretary, in deputations to the Minister for Shipping and Transport? Is it a fact that this decision was made at the Cabinet meeting last Tuesday? If so, is the right honorable gentleman aware that the information was withheld from Tasmanian members of this Parliament and from the State Government until after the Tasmanian elections on Saturday last? I might point out that the announcement was made in Tasmania only last night by Senator Marriott, who led the deputation. Is the right honorable gentleman further aware that the need for such a direct service is so urgent that Huddart Parker Limited is prepared to take " Westralia " off the New Zealand run and put it on the Hobart-Sydney run, if the Australian Government is prepared to play its part?

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