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Thursday, 17 February 1977

Mr NIXON - In the last 12 months I suppose that if the door has not been battered down it has certainly been well pummelled by Tasmanian members seeking improvements to Tasmania's transport system, especially the connections to the mainland States. As Tasmania is an island State the great difficulty I have is finding alternative methods of transport that might be of assistance to Tasmania. Of course the best way of improving transport is by sea. We introduced the freight equalisation scheme to assist Tasmanian industry in that way. I have no doubt that that has been of great benefit to Tasmanian industries. I have looked at the air services to Tasmania, particularly the freight services, and have concluded that some innovation is desirable. That is why this week I have approved the import of 2 Carvair aircraft for Air Express and 2 Argosy aircraft for IPEC to commence carriage of freight between the mainland and Tasmania. I believe that this innovation and the improved aircraft will assist markedly the capacity of Tasmanian industries to sell their goods on the mainland and, likewise, the mainland industries to deliver their goods to Tasmania.

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