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Wednesday, 17 November 1976


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Does he still believe it would be wise for the Australian National Line to have a window into the stevedoring industry so that government can be better informed about stevedoring operations (Hansard, 27 May 1976, page 2537).

(2)   On what dates and from what shipping companies, stevedoring companies and interested parties has he sought views on what arrangements should be made to replace the Australian Coastal Snipping Agreement which expired on 30 September 1976 (Hansard, 7 October 1976, page 1623).

(3)   Is the committee he appointed on 13 June 1976 to investigate the Australian Government's transport business undertakings authorised or required to investigate whether the Australian National Line should undertake stevedoring operations.


Mr Nixon -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1)Yes

(2)   In July the Secretary of the Department of Transport, on my instructions, approached some 70 shipping companies, stevedoring companies and interested parties, seeking views on arrangements relating to the Australian Coastal Shipping Agreement 1936. Those approached included all operating parties to that Agreement, and others known to the Department to be engaged at present in coastal shipping and stevedoring.

(   3 ) The terms of reference of the Committee would permit it to look at the question of whether the Australian National Line should undertake stevedoring operations.







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