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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 137

(Question No. 729)

Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 29 November 1985:

Has the Australian National Railways actually reduced freight rates by 20 per cent between Adelaide and Alice Springs; if so, is any action proposed to restore the previous levels.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Australian National Railways Commission (AN) has advised that freight rates between Adelaide and Alice Springs have been reduced by 20 per cent on piggyback units with a gross weight of 32 tonnes. This represents about one per cent of AN's piggyback traffic on this route. Rate reductions for the remaining piggyback traffic and container traffic on this route have been around 9 per cent.

The rate reductions are part of AN's commercial strategy and are made possible as a result of increased efficiency achieved from AN's new intermodal wagons and loading facilities.

As with all other commercial decisions, AN rates are continuously monitored and adjusted twice yearly in the light of prevailing market conditions.