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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 896

Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) (Assistant Minister assisting the Minister for Health) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, arises from an inference I gained from the Minister's answer to a question from Senator Townley that because a Senate Committee was opposed to a freight rate subsidy to Tasmania, that would be the finish of the matter and there would be no freight rate subsidy. Can he assure the Senate that although an important Committee of the Senate expressed lack of agreement to a shipping freight subsidy to assist Tasmanian industry this will not be the final consideration by the Government of what, on the surface appears to be the most reasonable means of assisting Tasmania to combat the ever increasing and crippling shipping costs?

Senator COTTON - I think that the honourable senator will recall that one of the things that is happening in regard to Tasmanian shipping costs is an examination of the cost of transport between the mainland and Tasmania by the Bureau of Transport Economics. The Government is anxiously awaiting that report. Following upon its presentation, the methods by which this problem can be resolved may become more clear.

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