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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 31

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble Petition of the undersigned residents of King Island respectfully sheweth:

That the residents of King Island have a legitimate case for the provision of a reliable, regular and economic shipping service to Melbourne. The disadvantages endured by the residents are:

(1)   Excessive freight costs and delay in bringing goods in from Melbourne. This is being reflected in the higher cost of living as compared with other parts of Australia.

(2)   Farm operating costs have increased excessively due to the lack of a regular, reliable and economic shipping service.

(3)   Lack of opportunity for farming community to get their livestock to Melbourne regularly and in good condition.

(4)   Local Industry is suffering from excessive freight charges and irregular service.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Government will investigate the claims of tha Islanders and grant to the residents of King Island a reliable, regular and economic shipping service in recognition of the disadvantages to which they are subject. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Davies.

Petition received.

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