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Monday, 4 May 1987
Page: 2531

Mr PETER MORRIS (Minister for Transport)(6.27) —I thank the honourable member for Denison (Mr Hodgman) for his complimentary remarks to the Government. I remind him, as I am sure he would be happy to have me remind him, that it was this Government and this Minister that put forward the proposal that we provide the money to Tasmania to purchase its own ferry, the Abel Tasman, to which he has referred. It was a very wise decision and it has been proven to be the right decision in practice.

Mr Hodgman —It is a top vessel.

Mr PETER MORRIS —It is a top vessel with a top crew. In relation to the last matter that the honourable member raised in respect of Australian shipbuilding, let me say that there is one very basic rule. In order to have a good shipbuilding industry, one needs first to have a good domestic shipping industry. The great shipbuilding nations of the world generate their shipbuilding capacity from their own fleet. This legislation provides the environment in which the Australian shipping industry can expand and grow on the basis of efficiency, competitiveness and reliability. I formally table the supplementary explanatory memorandum.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report-by leave-adopted.