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Thursday, 25 July 1912

Senator LONG (Tasmania) . - I have to thank the Minister representing the Postmaster-General for his assurance that the representations made to-day, not only by Tasmanian senators, but also by the representatives of other States who have given us their very kind support, will be placed before the proper authorities. I also have to thank the Minister for his further assurance that the Postmaster-General will be glad to receive suggestions from the Tasmanian senators regarding the renewal of existing contracts in the course of a month or two. I am very pleased indeed to have had the assistance of representatives of other States, because that will show to the people of Tasmania that those representatives are just as active in their desire to see fair play and justice done to Tasmania as they, are to their own particular States. We are all indebted to Senator Guthrie for his advice, and I can assure him that if there had been two Loonganas on the service between Launceston and Melbourne there would have been no necessity for me to take this action to-day. Regret was expressed by Senator Keating that my motion is somewhat restrictive in its terms. That was necessary j because, in order to comply with the forms of the Senate, only one subject could be introduced in a motion for the adjournment. If we wish to discuss shipping generally it must be done under cover of another motion. Shipping generally is, I may remark, a very important matter to the people of Tasmania just now. and may form the subject of discussion later on, so as to make those interested in the shipping business understand that Tasmania has had quite enough of the kind of service that has been extended to her during the last two or three years. We have nothing but praise and commendation for the service which has been inaugurated and maintained fairly well between Launceston and Melbourne by the Union Steam-ship Company's Loongana. As far as comfort, speed, and accommodation are concerned this ship leaves nothing to be desired. But the time has arrived when a vessel of the type and character of the Rotomahana ought to be banished from the mail and passenger service altogether. I have nothing further to say, and ask leave to withdraw my motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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