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Monday, 12 November 1973
Page: 3098

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - Has the Minister for Shipping anything further to report on his investigations into the Government's plan to subsidise Bass Strait shipping freight rates in order to remove Tasmania's freight disadvantage when compared with equivalent ton mile rates on the mainland? The Minister will recall the Prime Minister's promise on this matter in Hobart last November.

Mr CHARLES JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Transport) - The freight rate differential, and the disadvantages apparently suffered by Tasmania in regard to freight rates, have been referred by the Government to the Special Minister of State for an appropriate reference to the Grants Commission. I understand he has the matter under consideration.

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