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Thursday, 14 May 1970

Mr FULTON (LEICHHARDT, QUEENSLAND) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Shipping and Transport, refers to the shipping services operating in the north of Australia, particularly in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory. ] presume the Minister has received a letter from John Burke Ltd, of which I have a copy. I ask the Minister: Why was a foreign shipping company using a foreign vessel given this service? Why was John Burke Limited not asked if it could service this area, an area in which it has been operating for many years, in view of the fact that the company at that moment was negotiating to buy more Australian built ships? If this permission cannot be revoked will the Minister assure the House that the foreign ship and company will utilise Australian seamen and Australian workers for the manning and working of the vessel?

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