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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1416

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport seen a report that the Brisbane shipbuilding firm of Evans Deakin Industries Ltd, will have to close down its shipyard if no more orders to build ships are received? As this will mean a big economic loss to many people immediately concerned, can the Minister inform the Senate whether there is any prospect of orders being received in the near future to build new ships?

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - The information that I have on this subject is that Evans Deakin is at present building 2 tankers in its yards, the 'ESSO Gippsland' due for completion in 1972 and the 'Robert Miller' due for completion in March 1973. Tenders were called recently, and have now closed, for an oil rig for the Ocean Drilling Exploration Company (Aust.) Ltd and for 2 dump barges for the Queensland Cement and Lime Co. Ltd. Those tenders are being examined currently. I cannot take the matter any further but I shall seek further information for the honourable senator.

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