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Tuesday, 23 March 1965

Senator WRIGHT - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and the Minister for Shipping and Transport with reference to a matter that is assuming importance for the principals - R. W. Miller and Co. Pty. Ltd. Will the Minister inform the Senate on the freights charged for transport of oil by this company compared with the charges made by other oil companies? Secondly, what mysterious affinity of interests exists between the Miller organisation and the friendship expressed in the journal of the Australian Seamen's Union the other day propounding support for the continuance of the ships of the Miller organisation? I ask the Minister whether he wishes to take advantage of this opportunity to comment upon the Opposition's proposal for the establishment of an overseas shipping company to be operated under Australian conditions, the advantages of which are perhaps illustrated by the proposal that is to be harrowed up to Canberra today for a superannuation fund for waterside workers and which will cost, T think, £2i million a year.

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