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Wednesday, 28 April 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - I have no doubt that the constitutional position is well known to the Minister for Shipping and Transport, but I take it upon myself, without consultation with the Minister, to observe at this stage that this does not remove the responsibility from the State Government for subsidising a service which is undeniably an intrastate service. This has quite obviously been recognised in the action taken by the State Government in the past in respect of the subsidisation of that service.

Senator McKenna - The State subsidises both services.

Senator PALTRIDGE - That is right. It subsidises the intrastate service, which is the one about which I am now talking. However, I recognise that the position that exists there now involves a number of considerations, and the matter raised by the Leader of the Opposition will be brought to the attention of the Minister.

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