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Thursday, 17 February 2000
Page: 13866

Ms O'Byrne asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 21 October 1999:

(1) When will the Government release the report on the Shipping Industry Reform which he commissioned.

(2) What information is he able to provide on the contents of the report.

Mr Anderson (Deputy Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government is considering the report of the Shipping Reform Working Group that I established to examine a range of issues associated with the Australian Shipping Industry. The Working Group, when submitting its report, advised that the report had been prepared on the basis that it would be confidential advice to the Government.

(2) Until the Government has considered all of the issues raised in the report I am not prepared to release details of the report's contents.