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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 222

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport aware that various Australian shipbuilders have recently stated publicly that the current Commonwealth Government attitude to shipbuilding subsidies is producing a crisis in Australian shipyards now suffering from lack of orders and is resulting in a dependence upon foreign shipbuilders? Is it a fact that foreign countries, including Canada, the United States of America and Japan, insist upon a substantial portion of their national trade being carried in their ships and that since October 1970 the United States programme puts its target at 17 per cent while the comparable Australian quota is 1.7 per cent? Will the Minister consider to what extent these policies might be revised in order to assist Australian interests?

Senator COTTON - I listened with interest to the honourable senator's question. The substantive part of the question asked me to ask the responsible Minister to take into account the policies and practices of other countries which have a fairly large overseas trade. Yes, I certainly will ask him to do that.

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