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Wednesday, 10 April 1957

Mr DUTHIE (Wilmot) .- 1 wish to discuss the shipping freight rise.

Government supporters. - What, again!

Mr DUTHIE - Yes. and I will continue to discuss this matter until this Government does something about it or the people see that the Government does something about it. There has been a 211 per cent, increase in overseas freights in the last two years. The last rise of 14 per cent, became effective on 3rd February. However, the papers these last few days report that the shipping companies have the nerve to start discussing a further 5 per cent, increase in overseas freights. The general idea seems to be that this is to cover the increased cost caused by the loss of the Suez Canal. The Opposition thoroughly deprecates any such move by the shipping companies, operating as they do the conference lines monopoly. We had this debate last week-

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