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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Mr JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Has the Broken Hill Pty. Co. Ltd. Whyalla shipyard been given orders to build four 47,000 ton ore carriers? Has B.H.P. recently been granted permission to operate on the Australian coast two overseas-owned 33,000 ton ore carrying vessels? Did the Minister recently advise the Australian Shipbuilders Association that the tanker building programme is designed in such a way as to allow the Government to inject some stability into the ship building industry by placing orders for tankers with the ship builders when other orders for ships are not forthcoming? If this is correct, can the Minister give an assurance that orders for tankers will not be placed with B.H.P. while other Australian shipyards are finding difficulty in maintaining continuity of employment for their labour force due to shortage of orders?

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