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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

In view of the importance to Australian oil explorers of the question of the ownership of overseas tanker transport facilities, added to the international political and military situation, which makes it essential for Australia not only to press on vigorously with oil exploration and production but to ensure continuous transport facilities, will the Minister -

(a)   initiate an immediate inquiry into the activities of foreign owned oil transport tankers operating on the Australian coast; and

(b)   consult with Cabinet regarding the possibility of the Australian National Line purchasing the three R. W. Miller tankers which, according to press reports, are for sale and could undoubtedly be lost to the Australian coastal tanker fleet?

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