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Friday, 27 November 1959


Mr WHITLAM - I ask the Prime Minister whether he has noted the remarks of the Tariff Board in its report on shipbuilding of last June, tabled this week, concern ing the position of the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Limited, which operates nine vessels on the Australian coast and SO vessels on other routes, and derives important benefits from the existence of Australian docking, repair and maintenance facilities, but has not yet placed orders to support the Australian shipbuilding industry. I ask the right honorable gentleman, as head of the Government, what he has done about the Tariff Board's suggestion that his Government and the Government of New Zealand should consider a plan whereby, for broad security and economic reasons, the shipbuilding industry in Australia could be assisted to be maintained by receiving orders to cover the needs of New Zealand based shipping?







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