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Tuesday, 12 May 1970

Mr Charles Jones (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Government made grants to industry for research over the past 2 years.

(2)   Was the Carlton United Brewery granted $31,440.

(3)   If so, in which field of research was the money spent.

Mr McEwen - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. The objective of this policy is to provide an incentive to Australian manufacturing and mining companies to spend more of their own funds on increased industrial research and development leading to more efficient, less costly, methods of production and, in particular, the more efficient use of Australian raw materials and resources.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Companies provide detailed information about their industrial research and development activities to the Australian Industrial Research and Development Grants Board with the assurance that the information will bc treated as confidential and will not be made public. This practice is followed because of the commercial importance to the companies concerned of the information they provide to the Board.

Shipping: Torres Strait (Question No 640)

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

1.   During 1969 how many (a) ships and (b) tankers passed through the Torres Strait.

2.   What was the tonnage of the ships.

3.   Who were their owners and charterers.

4.   What was their country of registration.

5.   On what date did they pass through the Strait.

6.   What cargoes were being carried.

7.   What was the originating port and port of destination in each case.

Mr Sinclair (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Industry) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Statistics are not collected in relation to the number of ships passing through the Torres Strait nor is it practicable to obtain the more detailed information sought in the question, particularly in relation to ships on international voyages not involving a call at any port in Australia. However, some information relating to the year 1966-67 is available from a study undertaken in 1968 by (he Department of Shipping and Transport with the assistance of the Queensland Coast and Torres Strait Pilot Service. The figures obtained, which relate only to ships piloted through the Strait in that year (pilotage is not compulsory), give an indication of the number of ships passing in pilotage, their deadweight tonnage and tonnages of some of the bulk commodities carried.

Available figures for 1966-67 are:


Iron ore . . 2,500,000

Crude oil and petroleum .. 3,000,000

Sugar .. .. .. 530,000

Steel and steel products . . . . 280,000

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