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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr Swartz z asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   Are many ships under construction for operation on the Australian coast by the present shipping companies?

2.   How many of these vessels are being constructed (a) in Australia and (b) overseas, and what types of ships are involved in the expansion programmes?

Mr Townley (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Minister for Immigration) - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has furnished the following replies: -

1.   Twenty vessels are on order for use on the Australian coast, by private shipping companies, the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited and the Western Australian State Shipping Service.

2.   Of these vessels three are being built in Australia and seventeen overseas. The types of vessels involved are five bulk ore carriers, two bulk sugar carriers, ten general cargo vessels, one passenger/cargo vessel and two auxiliary ketches. In addition the Commonwealth Government has ten vessels on order in Australia consisting of six bulk ore carriers, two colliers and two bulk grain/general cargo vessels and has announced its intention of placing an order for a vehicular/ passenger ferry and has called tenders for the construction of a further two bulk ore carriers.

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