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Wednesday, 14 October 1970

Mr GORTON (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - I have not seen the report referred to by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition but this matter of a rail link to Bell Bay is obviously one of some significance for Tasmania and tire development of Tasmanian shipping. I would hope that some rationalisation of Tasmanian shipping could lead- to a reduction in the sea freight rates which are such a difficulty for Tasmania at the present time. 1 understood there was a general inquiry being made by Pak-Poy and Associates into this whole matter and I am not able to tell the honourable gentleman whether the Government would need to have the Pak-P.oy report as well as any other reports before some decision on this matter could- be made. T hope from what I have said that it will be clear to all that the matter is not escaping the attention of the Government.

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