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Australian Transport Advisory Council Meeting, Port Moresby

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(Statement by the Chairman, the Hon. Ian Sinclair, M.P., Minister for Shipping and Transport and Acting Minister for Trade and Indu stry).

'We must be conscious that the problems we in Australia face today in regard to transport are the problems which Papua and New Guinea may face tomorrow. The solutions we find and the policies we develop must assist in overcoming

difficulties which arise now and in future years in the Territory.'

This was stated today (9 July) by the Minister for Shipping and Transport, Mr Ian Sinclair, when opening the 32nd Meeting of the Australian Transport Advisory Council in Port Moresby.

It is the first time the council has met in Papua and New Guinea.

State Transport Ministers attending the conference are the Hon. M.A. Morris (NSW), the Hon. V.F. Wilcox (Vic), the Hon. W.E. Knox (Qld), the Hon. G.T. VirgD (SA), the Hon, R.J. O'Connor (WA) and the Hon L.H. Bessell (Tas).

Mr Sinclair said, 'It is essential that we as Transport Ministers know first hand the transport needs of the Territory if we are to play our part in providing that advice and assistance which is essential for the proper development of the Territory.'

The Minister continued that Australia had seen spectacular growth of transport in recent years and that this growth must be continued to keep pace with our



national development. This was essential if we were to compete successfully on world markets and to provide a steadily increasing standard of living at home.

He said that if the necessary improvements in transport were to be achieved, the close relationship which exists between the Commonwealth and States through the Australian

Transport Advisory Council must continue.

'We, as Transport Ministers, must strive to establish

clear co-ordinated policies for transport development, at

both intrastate and interstate levels', he added.

The Minister said that he was pleased to see that there were a number of important items on the agenda including pollution of the air and road safety.

He was also personally pleased to see from the

business papers that there were no objections to uniformity of transport concessions given to farmers in time of drought and it now remains for the Agriculture Council and State

Governments to bring concessions into line.

So far as the world-wide problem of road safety was concerned he id that he would welcome any arrangements which would offer prospects of reducing the unnecessary and

dreadful carnage taking place on Australia's roads.

Mr Sinclair travelled to Port Moresby on one of his Department's lighthouse tenders, the M.V. 'C ape Moreton, which is based in Brisbane and covers the Queensland

coastline and outlying islands and shoals.

He inspected lighthouses at Booby and Goods Islands, witnessed the crew changing and servicing several light buoys and visited the scene of the sinking of the 'Oceanic Grandeur'

earlier in the year.