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Continuation of the safe anchorage provisions of the petroleum products freight subsidy scheme



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· > News Release News Release1 1 - IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 SEPTEMBER 1 9 8 4 CONTINUATION OF THE SAFE ANCHORAGE PROVI SI ONS OF THE PETROLEUM

PRODUCTS FREIGHT SUBSIDY SCHEME

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Because changes to State l e g i s l a t i o n may be necessary to support the

changes in a d m in istra tio n , approaches have been made to the Northern

T e r r ito r y , Queensland and Western A u stra lian Governments seeking

t h e i r continued co-operation in implementing the revised arrangements.

The M inisters said continuation of the subsidy should be of co n sid erab le

b e n e f it to fishermen operating o f f northern A u stra lia and help ease

the d i f f i c u l t conditions being experienced by t h i s important export

in d u stry . .

CONTACT: Mr H J McMahon

(Wl 72 2065

(HI 88 2399

Mr T G Boag

(W) 72 4138

(H) 49 8570