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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) m asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   How many ships are under construction or on order (a) in Australia and (b) overseas for (i) the Australian National Line and (ii) other owners?

2.   What is the tonnage of these ships?

3.   Who are the builders?

4.   When did the Government approve the orders?

5.   What is the estimated date of completion?

Mr Opperman - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

The following is a list of trading vessels under construction or on order for Australian shipowners: -

(a)   In Australia. - (i) For the Australian National Line -

(ii)   For other owners -

All the above vessels are eligible for the Commonwealth subsidy. There are other ineligible non-trading craft such as tugs, dredges, Stc. under construction at various yards throughout Australia.


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