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Wednesday, 6 July 1921


Senator KEATING (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister whether public complaint has recently been made that owing to the operation of the coastal-trading provisions of the Navigation Act the vessels of the Union Steamship Company hitherto engaged in trade between New Zealand, Sydney, and Hobart, will now have to make Sydney their terminal port, and cease running between Sydney and Hobart. Further, is the Minister aware, that it. is also complained that, in consequence of other provisions of the same Act, all vessels trading in these waters, including river steamers of about 10 tons burden have to provide libraries for their crews'. If aware that such complaints have been made, has the Minister anyinformation as to the foundation of those complaints, and is it intended to take any steps to redress the grievances complained of, and to provide for Tasmania, the one isolated State of the Commonwealth, as good means of communication as she has hitherto enjoyed.







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