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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
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Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Tran sport, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that vehicles and machinery as used in municipal type works, including fire engines, road sweepers and ambulances, attract a higher freight rate of up to 100 per cent on conference line ships from Europe and the United Kingdom.

(2)   If so.

(a)   what are the reasons for the higher charges and

(b)   will he endeavour to have the rates reduced.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The question does not indicate with what the freight rates for municipal type vehicles are to be compared but if the comparison is with ordinary motor vehicles, the answer is that municipal type vehicles do generally command a higher rate of freight.


(a)   The reason for higher freight rates for vehicles and machinery as used in municipal type works is that they arc generally more difficult to accommodate and stow aboard ships than ordinary, motor vehicles, and they also incur heavy lift charges in cargo handling.

(b)   Freight rates for imported cargoes are established overseas. The role of the Australian Government is limited under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act to outwards cargo shipping from Australia.

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