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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 771

Senator LEWIS (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Transport aware that the International Longshoremen's Association of the United States of America has imposed bans on Russian ships entering East Coast ports of the United States because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan? Is the Minister also aware that a Mr Ernest Spencer, the General Manager of Opal Maritime Agencies Pty Ltd, an agent for Soviet shipping companies in Australia, is reported to be discussing in Siberia this week the transfer of these Russian roll-on roll-off ships to the Australian trade? Will the Minister consider the imposition of a ban on the Soviet ships that are being transferred to the Australian trade as a result of sanctions in the United States?

Senator CHANEY - I will refer that matter to the Minister for his consideration and early reply to the honourable senator.

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