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Tuesday, 30 March 1965


Senator PALTRIDGE - I think I should start by pointing out to the honorable senator that when Mr. Miller applied for permission to bring tankers on to the Australian coast, he did so with the concurrence of the Commonwealth Government. Mr. Miller's present difficulties, I understand, are brought about by the fact that he no longer has - as he originally had - the only Australian registered tankers on the coast. In other words, Mr. Miller's tankers now find themselves operating in competition with other Australian owned and operated tankers, which comply with the same industrial conditions as do Mr. Miller's tankers.

In an endeavour to solve the difficulty in which Mr. Miller now finds himself, a conference was held recently in which the Commonwealth was represented by the Department of Shipping and Transport. The object was to try to find some way whereby Mr. Miller's tankers could be given employment alongside other Australian owned tankers. The Commonwealth was interested enough to take part in this conference. I want the honorable senator and the Senate generally to understand that Mr. Miller has not been subjected to any discriminatory treatment.







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