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Friday, 12 September 1969

Mr Charles Jones (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Shipping and Transport. As the Australian National Line is now an active participant in the United Kingdom-Europe conference and the Japan northbound conference, as an order has been placed for a ship to form part of the United States of America conference, and in view of statements by the Minister that the Line's participation in these conferences will not increase freight charges, when can we expect a statement from the Government that the Australian National Line will build additional ships to extend its influence in these and other conferences? I have in mind the threat of an additional increase in freight charges of \2±%, which is causing so much concern to the Australia to Europe shippers association which believes it has once again been sold put by the Minister for Trade and Industry.

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