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Wednesday, 7 March 1973
Page: 284

Mr CALDER (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - I address to the Minister for Northern Development a question which is supplementary to a question asked by the honourable member for Braddon concerning a review of Tasmanian shipping freights and the election promises of the present Prime Minister and the assurances of the Minister for Transport that the matter would receive consideration. Will the Minister for Northern

Development confer with his colleagues and emphasise the fact that freight rates for the north and Darwin in particular are more in need of review than even those for Tasmania? Will the Minister secure concessions and assistance far the north equal to those which may be granted to other parts of Australia?

Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Northern Development) - The honourable member for the Northern Territory can rest assured that the Government is well aware of the problems of people living in northern Australia arising from freight rates and the paucity of shipping. The policies of the Government of which he was a member before it fell are making it most difficult to carry out proper reviews of this matter, but he can be assured that this Government is looking at it actively, and it is our intention to take positive steps to assist in alleviating the problems caused by the very high incidence of freight rates in certain areas of northern Australia.

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