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Tuesday, 13 December 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I am sure that we all listened with interest to the Government's proposals in regard to obtaining and maintaining a better steamer service between Tasmania and the mainland, but I was particularly interested in hearing what the Government intended to do in regard to the repeal or suspension of the coasting provisions of the Navigation Act. These provisions have been suspended twice, but I do not think that on either occasion the number of tourists to the island State has been augmented. In my opinion, any attempt to suspend or repeal those provisions should claim the attention of Parliament. The matter is too important to be dealt with simply by making a statement such . as that which has just been made by the Leader of the Government in the Senate. If the Government had been wise in its day and generation, and had not decided to sell the Commonwealth Line of Steamers, the vessels of that Line might have been employed to provide a better steamship service between the mainland and Tasmania.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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