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Tuesday, 6 September 1960

Mr OPPERMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I am delighted to know that Tasmanians are interested, as I am sure all other Australians will be, in what has been termed a sister ship to " Princess of Tasmania ". Because of the longer voyage involved from Sydney to Tasmanian ports, I think one might say that the new ship will be not quite a sister ship in that, to cater for the longer voyage, different accommodation, such as a dining room instead of a cafeteria, and so on, will have to be provided.

Mr Curtin - Call it a step-sister.

Mr OPPERMAN - Whatever it may be called, I think Tasmanian representatives will have nothing but praise for it. As to the calling of tenders, I point out that, as yet, because of the factors I have mentioned, definite specifications have not been drawn up. When those specifications are ready, tenders will be called. The tenders usually close about three months after being called, and I should say that the completion date will be probably two years after that.

No definite arrangements have been made for port facilities at other terminals. There are some facilities already at Bell Bay. They were established when " Bass Trader " was operating, but I can give no information on other passenger terminals because the Australian National Line has not yet made any investigation into the matter. Of course, the Maritime Services. Board of New South Wales will have to be consulted about facilities at Sydney.

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