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Tuesday, 16 March 1971

Senator COTTON - I also saw the item to which the honourable senator refers. I imagine that what the Government is doing is what it always does; that is. to fight in the best interests of the Australian people, including primary producers and exporters, in an attempt to keep these rates at the lowest possible level. I do not have any further information than that. I know that this is the practice. I know that this is the habit. I know that this is what the Government tries to do. But it has problems in this regard because, after all, it is up against a situation in which the world traffic is carried by the people who own the ships. Nevertheless, I shall do what I can to find out this information for the honourable senator. At the same time I will add my own request and hope that we would fight against this increase as strongly as we possibly could.

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