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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2669

Mr STREET (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) - In directing my question to the Minister for Transport I refer him to the answer he gave yesterday relating to the provision of a new dry dock in Victoria. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to an advertisement stating that a new floating dock with a capacity to accommodate bulk vessels of up to 100,000 tons is available immediately at a reported cost of US$15m? In view of the Minister's acceptance yesterday of the urgency of providing such facilities in Victoria, will he consider carefully the possibility of making an offer for this dock which has been advertised?

Mr CHARLES JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Transport) - I did see a few paragraphs in one of the newspapers yesterday which stated that such a dock was available. We have not investigated it. As I said yesterday, we are still waiting on positive submissions from the Victorian Government as to what it requires as far as docks in Melbourne are concerned. In considering the purchase of a dock one has to decide on the condition of the dock, whether the price for which it is allegedly available represents value and whether we need a number of large docks. That applies not only to Melbourne but also tothe whole of the Commonwealth. We have to decide whether we need a number of large docks. These are the things that have to be examined, just the same as the interdepartmental committee some 12 to 18 months ago had to take all these things into consideration. If the Victorian Government puts forward a proposition we will be prepared to have a look at it.

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