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Tuesday, 30 September 1958

Mr WEBB (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I address a question to the Prime Minister. In view of representations made to the Minister for Shipping and Transport by the Australian Council of Trade Unions concerning certain measures that should be taken by the Government to assist the Australian shipbuilding industry, will the Prime Minister authorize an investigation of the phosphate-carrying vessels plying between Christmas Island and Western Australian ports, with particular reference to the following matters: First, the vessels at present in use, " Triadic ", " Fernplant " and " Booloongeena ", are foreign-owned and believed to be manned by Asian crews; secondly, Christmas Island has now become Australian territory?

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