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Wednesday, 9 March 1977

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Newcastle is taking a point of order.

Mr Charles Jones - My point of order is that not one of the four 220 000 tonne and 240 000 tonne ships could be built in any shipyard in Australia.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman does not have a point of order. He will resume his seat.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER -Of course, if the honourable gentleman had been really serious about providing work for Australian shipbuilding yards he might well have been able to order ships that could have been constructed in Australian yards instead of perhaps deliberately choosing ones that could not. I am not aware of having received any approach in recent times from Mr Wran in connection with the floating dock, although I have seen Press reports about it. I must say that it is not entirely unusual to read of these things first in the Press. The other thing that I would like to say, and of which I think this House is already aware, is that the last I heard of Mr Wran being serious about a floating dock was that he was considering ordering a replacement overseas. I have not heard over the last several months whether he has felt able to make a decision in relation to that.

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