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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 319

Senator MCAULIFFE - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Is it a fact that 41 ships now trading on the Australian coast are under provisional replacement and that some of these vessels have been operating for 8 years, which is far beyond the normal period of replacement? If so, will the Minister tell the Senate why the necessary controls have not been applied and what action he proposes to take to see that they are applied in future?

Senator COTTON - The honourable senator gave information out of which he drew conclusions and made assumptions and then advanced propositions. I cannot respond in any sense at all to any of the conclusions, assumptions or propositions without having an accurate assessment of the situation in regard to his question. He would understand that I must direct it to the responsible Minister. I must check his claim about these facts and get accurate information for him.

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