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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 466

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Are companies with no shipyard facility but capable of fabricating specialised drilling rigs eligible for Commonwealth subsidy for shipbuilding? If so, will the Minister see what he can do to correct the situation which places yards with heavy shipyard investment at a disadvantage when tendering against companies without this facility? Finally, will the Minister define the term 'shipbuilder' used in the Act relating to subsidy for shipbuilding so as to clear up misunderstanding in the industry?

Senator COTTON - My recollection is that financial aid for the shipbuilding industry was increased by about $20m in the Budget brought down recently. I should like to have the balance of the question examined and specific answers obtained from the responsible Minister.

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