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Tuesday, 4 May 1965
Page: 552

Senator MARRIOTT - My question is supplementary to the question by Senator O'Byrne in which the honorable senator said that a subsidy of £40,000 a year is being suggested for extra shipping services between the mainland and Tasmania. I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport whether he is aware of the grave problem facing the shipping industry operating between King Island and Tasmania following the granting of a subsidy by the Federal Government to the service between King Island and Melbourne. Is it not a fact that Tasmania will lose seriously in an economic way if the present shipping service is to close down? Can the Minister tell me also whether the responsibility for subsidising and helping to keep in action the shipping service between King Island and Tasmania, which is an intrastate service, rests with the State Government or with the Federal Government?

Senator PALTRIDGE - Last week I answered a question similar in some respects to this question. Lest there be any misunderstanding at all as to the respective responsibilities of the Governments in connection with the maintenance of shipping to King Island, let me say again that the service from King Island to the State of Tasmania is an intrastate service which is. and always has been, the responsibility of the State Government. Up to this point of time, this service has been recognised as the reponsibility of the State Government by the State Government itself. I will ask my colleague, the Minister for Shipping and Transport, to have a look at the rest of the honorable senator's question.

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