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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1402

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) - in reply- When this motion was introduced, knowing the heavy legislative program, I proposed that we abridge the usual time for an urgency motion. I am grateful to all sides of the Senate for co-operating. All I wish to urge is that the reply which has come from the Government benches betokens a very poor appreciation of the difficulties that Tasmania is encountering because of the use of monopoly power to destroy its seaborne trade. When Senator O'Byrne says, with reference to the ./....... Maru', that that is not Tasmanian trade but Japanese trade I spare time for a tear in sympathy. This is a case where the Tasmanian shipping arrangement is being boycotted by the Seamen's Union simply because it wants to use its power over the cargo to compel the exclusive right for Australian ships and seamen to carry out the New Zealand trade. It is that extension of monopoly which presumably the 2 Tasmanian senators, Senator Wriedt and Senator O'Byrne, support. I hope that the Senate will show its concern for Tasmanian interests so that we can accept this motion in the terms in which it is put forward, that is to say, consideration of the monopoly power of the Seamen's Union being used to boycott and destroy Tasmania's seaborne trade.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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