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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. In view of the importance to Australian oil explorers of the ownership of overseas tanker transport facilities, and also in view of the fact that the international political and military situation makes it essential for us not only to press on with oil exploration and production but also to assure continuous transport facilities, will the Minister make inquiries into the activities of foreign-owned oil tankers operating on the Australian coast? Will he consult with his Cabinet colleagues with a view to arranging for the Australian Na'ional Line to purchase the three R. W. Miller tankers which, according to Press reports, will be offered for sale, and could be lost to the Australian coastal shipping trade?

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