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Wednesday, 7 September 1960

Mr OPPERMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I understand there is a vessel under specification, particularly for the King Island trade. I believe the matter is before the Australian Shipbuilding Board for attention and that subsequently tenders will be called.

Mr Curtin - Where will it be built?

Mr OPPERMAN - I have said that tenders will be called. Price is a factor in the proposal. 1 have been given reason to believe that the vessel may be constructed in Tasmania, but the proposal has to be passed by the shipbuilding board and after that finance for the construction of the vessel must be provided. I cannot say exactly when the vessel will be ready for the King Island trade, but the project is under attention at present.

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