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Tuesday, 20 September 1960

Mr Nelson n asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   Has he received the report of the committee which his department set up last year, under the chairmanship of Mr. Hilder, to inquire into stevedoring costs at the Port of Darwin?

2.   If so, what action does the Government contemplate taking in respect of this report?

3.   Will a copy of the report be tabled for the information of honorable members?

Mr Hasluck - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has referred this question to me as no committee of the kind referred to has been established. The reply is as follows: -

At the . direction of the Administrator, the Port Superintendent of the Northern Territory Administration made an investigation into various aspects of stevedoring at Darwin during the course of the last twelve months and, as a result, it is expected that recommendations will be made in the near future for changes in some pi ordures. Because the Port Superintendent's report is purely a departmental one, it would not be appropriate to table it.

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