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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr Ward asked the Minister represent ing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   What amount was paid for brokerage in respect of the sale of "River" class ships by the Australian Coastal Shipping Commission during the last three years?

2.   To whom was this brokerage paid?

3.   With what private firms is each member of the commission associated?

4.   Have any of these firms performed work or received any contracts or carried out any duties for the Australian Coastal Shipping Commission since its establishment; if so, what are the details?

Mr Hulme - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has replied as follows: -

1.   Six "River" class vessels have been sold by the Australian Coastal Shipping Commission in the last three years, viz. - " River Derwent ", "River Hunter", "River Mitta ", "River Norman ", " River Murray ", and " River Burdekin". Sales of "River Derwent" and "River Burdekin" were effected by direct negotiation with the purchasers and no brokerage was payable. The other four vessels were sold through brokers, but payment for brokerage has not yet been made.

2.   Brokerage at the rate of 3? per cent. of the purchase price will be paid to Westralian Farmers Transport Limited.

3.   In accordance with section 13 of the Australian Coastal Shipping Commission Act, Commissioners have disclosed the following interests:

Captain J. P. Williams. - Managing director, Fleetways Transport and Agency Proprietary Limited; managing director, Fleet Forge Proprietary Limited; consultant, United Stevedoring Proprietary Limited; director, Stothert and Pitt (Aust.) Proprietary Limited.

Mr. K.W. Edwards. General manager, Westralian Farmers Co-operative Limited; director, Westralian Farmers Transport Limited. Mr A. G. Thompson. - Shipping manager, A. G. Webster and Woolgrowers Limited, Hobart.

4.   The Australian Coastal Shipping Commission has advised that the following payments have been made to the firms indicated: -


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