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Thursday, 26 November 1959

Mr Daly (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) y asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   What shipping companies are members of the Australian and New Zealand Passenger Conference?

2.   What are the conditions of membership of this organization?

3.   What nations are represented on the conference?

4.   Who decides which shipping companies shall be members?

5.   How many applications for membership were made during the last twelve months, and how many were (a) accepted and (b)rejected?

6.   Why were applications rejected, and what are the names of the companies concerned?

7.   Can he say whether it is the policy of the conference to admit only those companies which undertake to maintain existing freights for the purpose of protecting the interests of overseas shipping combines at present in control of the conference?

8.   Has the Minister any control over the conference?

9.   Is he in a position to veto decisions of the conference or order the admission of any company subject to its conformity with seagoing regulations regarding facilities, safety, and trade union conditions, &c?

10.   Has the Minister received any complaint from any company which has been refused admission to the conference?

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

1.   The member companies of the Australian and New Zealand Passenger Conference are -

Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Limited

Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited

Shaw Savill and Albion Company Limited

Alfred Holt and Company (Blue Funnel Line), and

New Zealand Shipping Company.

2.   There are no conditions governing membership of this conference which has no written constitution and members are not required to give written undertakings of any kind.

3.   This is a conference of shipowners and no nations are represented on it. The nationality of all the shipowners on the conference at present is British.

4.   This is a matter which the members of the conference themselves decide.

5.   Two applications have been received during the last twelve months andboth have been rejected.

6.   They were rejected because the passenger service in which they wished to trade was already over tonnaged. The names of the companies concerned are -

National Greek Australian Line Company Limited and

John S. Latsis Limited.

7.   The passenger conference takes no cognisance of freight rates in dealing with applications. It exists as a consultative body where the established line in the trade may discuss their problems and, if they wish, mutually decide the policy necessary to maintain the best and most reliable passenger service between Australia and the United Kingdom via Suez andMediterranean ports and via Panama and viaSouth Africa at stable rates of passage money.

8.   No.

9.   No.

10.   No.

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