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Monday, 19 October 1970

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - The amendment that has been moved is not supported in any way by the information that has been propounded by either the honourable member for Newcastle (Mr Charles Jones) or the honourable member for Dawson (Dr Patterson). In fact, what we are concerned about is the statement that was made by the Minister for Trade and Industry (Mr McEwen) which has set down some of the comparable advantages arising from the introduction of a new form of shipment.

Mr Foster - lt is a complete and utter farce.

Mr SINCLAIR - I think it is important that there is a recognition of the very substantial advantages that have flowed to Australia, not only in terms of ships but in terms of every other form of transport, as a result of the introduction of unitised forms of cargo handling. As the honourable member who is persistently trying to make himself heard might be interested to know, containers have been used in rail transport since 1949. They were used in the movement of cargoes-

Mr Foster - They were used before then.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock)Order!

Mr Foster - He is being provocative.

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