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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1779

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - Has the Minister for Shipping and Transport seen a reported statement that a large volume of cargo is being redistributed from the port of Launceston to a north-west coast Tasmanian port for shipment? Is the Minister aware that if the report is correct - and it involves the Australian National Line - it can result only in higher freight charges? Will the Minister institute inquiries to ensure that this practice is discontinued?

Mr NIXON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I am not aware of the statement to which the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has referred, concerning the transfer of cargo from Launceston to another port. I am unaware of the action being taken but I will have inquiries made about it and I will inform the Deputy Leader of the Opposition later of the results of those inquiries. I would think that if the Australian National line were involved it would be acting with a view lo rationalisation of cargo handling in an endeavour to obtain cheaper freights rather than dearer freights. However, I do not know anything about the matter at the moment and 1 will look into it.

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