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Thursday, 20 May 1993
Page: 901


Senator NEWMAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)recognises that:

    (i)the people of Tasmania have valued the freight equalisation scheme introduced by the Coalition Government in 1976 to redress the disadvantages suffered by Tasmania as a result of the high costs of freight crossing Bass Strait, compared with the costs of land transport, and

    (ii)Tasmanians are concerned at reports of attempts to have the scheme abolished, and therefore welcome:

      (A)the absolute assurances given on 19 May 1993 by the Minister for Transport and Communications (Senator Collins) that, despite such attempts, there is no intention on the part of the Government to abandon the scheme, and

      (B)the personal commitment which the Minister gave to its maintenance;

  (b)draws attention to the vital need for certainty on such an important issue if business is to invest in Tasmania; and

  (c)calls on the Government to enshrine the freight equalisation scheme in legislation.