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Tuesday, 16 October 1956

Mr MENZIES - 1 should hesitate to say that I was aware of all the points made by the honorable member in his speech, but 1 am well aware of the fact that the Cabinet decided that it should not offer a very large subsidy for a new shipping service which could not exist without a heavy subsidy. I think that the honorable member has overlooked the fact that this Government, both by its subsidy of " Taroona ", and in other ways, is providing a volume of subsidy to direct and significant trade between Tasmania and the mainland far greater than that contemplated by any government he ever supported. I trust he is aware of that, and I trust, also, that he occasionally reminds his constituents of it and occasionally moves a vote of thanks to us for it. But now he comes along and whips up this idea about a new service which would involve subtracting another ship from the coastal service of Australia and which, in itself, would require a subsidy of something over £200,000 a year, if I remember correctly. He is now manufacturing a grievance about the matter. I hope, sir, that, in a p spirit of perfect honesty, he will abandon this grievance.

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