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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr HANSEN (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Have representations been made to him recently proposing the operation of an Australian overseas shipping line using Japanese built bulk carriers and financed by Japanese capital? Is the Minister convinced that the operation of such a shipping line, equipped with bulk carriers for the transport of coal and iron ore to Japan, is economically possible and that such a service could earn overseas income far greater than the income derived from the royalties on these commodities at present payable to the States? If he is convinced of this, will he now consider allowing the Australian National Line to participate in this trade with Australian built ships?

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