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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

What requests or suggestions were made at the meeting of the Australian Transport Advisory Council in Hobart in February last for legislative and administrative action by the (a) Commonwealth, (b) Territories, and (c) States?

Mr Opperman (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

Apart from a limited number of matters submitted to the Australian Transport Advisory Council for information, most of the questions considered by the Council at the meeting held in Hobart on 13th and 15th February, 1961, at some stage involved legislative or administrative action on the part of the Commonwealth, a Territory, or the States.

The following are the principal matters considered at the Hobart meeting which might involve such action: -

(a)   Interstate road transport - Council considered proposed legislation to facilitate enforcement of court orders against offenders resident interstate. This would require agreement by all States on a basis for reciprocal legislation.

(b)   Railway standardization - Council agreed that the Ministers of Transport in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland should meet to consider operational matters arising out of the construction of the uniform gauge line between Albury and Melbourne.

(c)   Second passenger/vehicle ferry on MelbourneTasmania service - Council referred to the Commonwealth for consideration the proposed construction of a second passenger/vehicle ferry to duplicate the service of the "Princess of Tasmania".

(d)   Liability of air operators for loss or injury - Council confirmed its approval of the principle of uniform Commonwealth and State legislation covering the liability of air operators and recommended that the draft bill prepared by the Commonwealth draftsman be forwarded to State Crown Law authorities for consideration and consultation with the Commonwealth AttorneyGeneral where considered necessary before enactment in the several States.

(e)   Australian Road Safety Council- Reorganization - Council approved the reconstitution of the Australian Road Safety Council with a personnel of sixteen members and confirmed the appointment of Dr. J. R. Darling as Chairman.

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