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Thursday, 28 August 1958

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

What has been, and is expected to be, the value of freight concessions by the Australian National Line on the carnage of wheat between the States during 1958?

Mr Townley - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has replied as follows: -

Freight concessions totalling £90,041 have been made by the Australian National Line on wheat transported in its vessels to relieve drought conditions in New South Wales and Queensland. As the Australian National Line had no experience in moving large quantities of wheat over long distances on the Australian coast the original rate quoted by the line was based on estimates only and included the cost of fitting out the vessels. As the wheat lift progressed the line was able to effect economies in the operating costs involved and reduced the rate by 5s. per ton on 1st January, 1958, and by a further 2s. 6d. per ton on 1st March, 1958. The £90,041 referred to represents the savings resulting from these reductions during the emergency wheat lift which has now been concluded.

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