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Tuesday, 27 October 1970

Mr WHITLAM - I direct a question to the Minister for Shipping and Transport, ls he aware that the Australian and New Zealand Eastern Shipping Conference charges $16 per ton to carry cement to New Guinea from Australia but only $7.14 to carry it the greater distance to New Guinea from Japan? Has the effect of this discriminatory rate been to exclude Australian manufacturers from the New Guinea market where Japanese manufacturers now sell up to 7,000 tons of cement a month? Was its imposition supported by the conference representatives of the Australian National Line? What steps has he taken to see that Australian exporters are not frozen out of New Guinea by the Japanese conference majority?

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