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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 14

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - I direct my question to the Attorney-General. Is he in a position to say, in relation to the constitutional requirement for equality of opportunity and treatment for each of the 6 States, that when the level of freight costs reaches a point at which the trade and commerce of one of those States are involved and the economic progress and development of that State are threatened, this would amount to a contravention in 2 respects of the Commonwealth Constitution? Further, would the Attorney-General turn his special attention to some of the implications of the proposed Australian National Line shipping freight rises in the context of the serious threat to Tasmania's economic progress and stability?

Senator GREENWOOD -] must respond to the question by saying it clearly invites a legal opinion - and on a matter of some complexity in view of the provisions of section 99. Not only would the question be contrary to Standing Orders, but I feel that without notice I would not be able to answer it effectively anyway.

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