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Friday, 10 December 1965


Mr JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - Has the Prime Minister seen reports that the Broken Hill Pty. Co. Ltd. and R. W. Miller & Co. Pty. Ltd. contemplate building a 75,000 tons and a 65,000 tons bulk carrier respectively to transport iron ore and coal both interstate and overseas? Is the right honorable gentleman aware that ships of this tonnage could not enter Newcastle or Port Kembla harbours - the ports which will handle the major portion of these commodities - unless they are deepened and that it is only a matter of time before even larger bulk carriers are used on this trade? In order that the development of our deposits of these two raw materials, which are essential to the iron and steel industry and are substantial export income earners, may proceed economically, will the Government make an allocation of finance to the States for harbour deepening and improvements similar to grants given to the New South Wales Government in 1962 for this type of work? If an early decision -







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