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Tuesday, 9 April 1957

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member for Lalor must cease interjecting.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - The time lost for the balance of the year 1956. i.e., from 1st July, was also very high, amounting to 5.7 per cent, of the hours worked. Some improvement occurred in the last quarter of 1956, and that continued into the first quarter of 1957.

The second matter is the decline in the carriage of general interstate cargoes by sea transport. The report now presented gives some interesting figures for Sydney and Melbourne. These appear on page 10 of the report, and, at my request, the authority has projected them to the end of 1956. Those details are attached to the paper I am now presenting.' The later figures show a continuing decline in the tonnage of interstate cargo loaded and discharged i!t Sydney and Melbourne.

Copies of the report can be obtained by honorable members from the Clerk of the Papers.

I lay on the table the following paper: -

Stevedoring Industry Act - Australian Stevedor- ing Industry Authority - First annual report on operations of Stevedoring Industry Board, together with financial accounts, for year 1955-56.

Ministerial Statement by Minister for Labour and National Service regarding the Report of the Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority, and move -

That the Ministerial Statement be printed.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Ward) adjourned.

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