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Wednesday, 7 March 1973
Page: 282

Mr DAVIES (BRADDON, TASMANIA) - In directing my question to the Prime Minister I refer to the rapidly worsening situation on King Island which has not had a regular shipping service for the past 8 months. I ask: When can we expect a decision from the Government on the implementation of Labor's election policy to cause the Australian National Line to accept full responsibility for the King Island shipping services?

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - The Government will be receiving a report on this matter from the Minister for Transport. He is considering it as a result of a telegram sent to me last week by the Premier of Tasmania. On coming to office we found that the matter had been considered by an interdepartmental committee which reported to the late Government in August against giving assistance to a shipping service to King Island. My Government has already offered to the Tasmanian Government $1.5m for the development of a port at Grassy on King Island. The matter of assistance for the shipping service conducted previously by a company which has since gone into liquidation is, as I said, at present under consideration by the Minister for Transport. He will be making a report to Cabinet on it.

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