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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1887

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport the following question: Is it a fact that if the proposed takeover of R. W. Miller and Co. Pty Ltd by Ampol Petroleum Ltd is successful it will mean that the only independent Australian owned tanker operator will disappear and that the carriage of oil cargoes will revert to a monopoly by the oil companies? Is it also a fact that the Tanker Committee of the Department of Shipping and Transport has been able to obtain a great deal of useful information on tanker costs on the Australian coast from the Miller operations? Is the Government concerned by this latest move to create greater monopolies in Australia? If so, what does it intend to do about it?

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