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Thursday, 2 December 1976

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

(   1 ) When was the Australian National Line asked and when did it commence, to carry out the study, recommended by the Nimmo Commission of Inquiry into Transport to and from Tasmania in its Report presented on5 March 1976, of the comparative cost of moving general cargo (a) on its own wheels between Westernport Bay and Devonport and (b) in boxes and flats between Webb Dock and Devonport (Hansard, 20 October 1976, page 2017).

(2   ) When is it expected the study will be completed.

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

(1)   Priority has been accorded the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Transport to and from Tasmania directly relating to the transport assistance schemes. Consideration is currently being given to the most appropriate method of undertaking the various investigations suggested by Mr Nimmo into passenger and freight services between Westernport and Tasmania. ANL will not necessarily be required to carry out all or part of this study.

(2)   A time frame for the study has not been determined. Following full implementation of the transport assistance scheme priority will be given to analysis of the Westernport proposal.

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