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Tuesday, 9 September 1958
Page: 950

Mr McMAHON - The Blue Star Line is to be complimented on commencing a service on what is called the " northabout " route for the shipment of Australian chilled beef to the United Kingdom. This means that ships can call at the southern ports of Queensland to pick up wool, and then can go to the northern ports to pick up chilled beef. I think the honorable gentleman would like to know that the time taken for movement from Queensland meat ports to the United Kingdom was 28 days, as opposed to the previous 45 days, and that the chilled beef arrived in the United Kingdom in extraordinarily good condition. We are all hopeful that this will open up a new prospect for the beef industry of Queensland. Already an export advisory planning committee has been established, first of all, to work ou: the prospects, and secondly, to advise both shippers and producers on what they can do to exploit these new possibilities. T am glad the honorable gentleman has raised this question, because the system is quite a novelty. I will obtain more facts and will let the honorable gentleman have a document setting out not only what has been done, but also what it is hoped to achieve in the future.

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