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ANL SHIPPING CHARGES

haa again demonstrated its callous

V A ^ < l4^diare^rd'fpr Tasmania by announcing an increase in ANL r » i ‘rZ^l l %';;?ahipping charges.

. f( -.<, '1; The decision will have severe effects on the State coming - r‘ ' i;at a" time of record unemployment, high inflation and a . . '.‘severe credit* squeeze. j ’ 1" · ' ■ .' ■ ■

.^$6.·Ï‚,/The most disturbing aspect is that a decision of such far ; ” 'l;/?eaciui.ng consequence for Tasmania and its economy should f " * ,.·â– f liv/.^^haye "been taken without an attempt to consult the State

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· * ' Govenunent. This makes a farce of recent assurances by the* Labor Party that consultation between Federal and - I ' ■ , r , * ■

"State*levels would be improved.

■V :" 1" ■ , , Tasmanians have never been worse off. They are controlled ‘ H- . . · , ι by an incompetent State Government and an insensitive and

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■ ■ *r -V ■' ’ '.'dishonest Federal Labor Government. - 1 *y - Γ t T , > ' " * · Λ C * > I * : c * t - ■>■ * * · ■ ’ .: · _ ■ /* .‘During his long period as Leader of the Opposition Mr \K ‘, Vv Whit lam was fond of telling Tasmanians that a Federal

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Labor Government would treat the Bass Strait as the road - l ? Λ L; *1 : - * link1 to Tasmania. Th|ere was the promise , of reducing Ϋη ■ * ■ · ? V Bass Strait freight charges to the ton mile rate of the ; t .^UMelbourne-Sydney route. 1 He never meant it.

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. . . . ■ * . ' * - ■ ' r Prior "to the last election I committed the Liberal and ‘-# ί Country Parties to a program of assistance for Tasmania . that would enable Tasmanians to enjoy a standard of living : equal to any other State. I did not make reckless

■ : promises that could not be fulfilled.

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■However, I recognised at the outset the'vital significance of shipping to Tasmania and the severe difficulties that it has faced. 1 In particular I promised that a Liberal Country Party Government would ask the Nimmo Commission . to·report within three1 months. In effect the Commission

would have reported last month,

-L! The Government.' should now seek an immediate interim report -from the Commission with an assessment of the impact this ' increase will'have and specific recommendations on how the impact can be lessened. I believe the increases should Z* ’ ' ‘ ,

1 'i > be ; suspended pending receipt of such a report. *’< l·" ■ ' ■ * · ‘ ’ i

· , · , ■:.!·â– .■> ,V< : T ■ - 4 · · · ,v. < . ’ If , the Labor Government persists with these increases

1 then call on Mr Whitlam to immediately review the

. X .present subsidy on sea passenger services. . iM.

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v ■ * . , ' · fCanberra - 13 September 1974