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Tuesday, 5 June 1928

Mr SEABROOK (Franklin) .- I desire to bring under the notice of the Prime Minister information concerning probable developments with regard to the present shipping dispute that is of the greatest importance to the State which I assist to represent in this chamber. I learned to-day, from a most reliable source, that the leaders of maritime unions have ordered seamen to ' give notice to ship-owners that they intend to come out on strike very shortly. As honorable members are aware, Tasmania depends entirely upon existing shippingservices for its communication with, the mainland. If further trouble develops, as has been suggested, the position will be most serious. The fruit season is now at its height. If there is any dislocation of shipping none of this produce can be sent away. I impress upon the Government the seriousness of the situation to Tasmania, and I ask the Prime Minister if it will be possible for the Government to do anything to assist the State, if the leaders of the maritime unions take the action indicated?

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