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Thursday, 11 September 1958

Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Is it a fact that four ships of the Australian National Line have recently been laid up? Is it further a fact that those ships were formerly engaged on overseas charter work but are no longer able to compete at the current level of freight rates? Is it true that the lowest quotations for overseas voyages which the Australian National Line has been able to offer recently have been at a rate between 50 per cent, and 100 per cent, higher than the prevailing conference line rate?

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