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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 227

Senator MCAULIFFE - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Does a section of the Tariff Board report on shipbuilding lay the burden of national defence on a few small yards capable of producing only small ships such as minesweepers, patrol vessels and landing barges? Has the Government accepted this section of the report? If so, is this a clue to the Government's intention not to encourage the building of large ships? What steps does the Minister propose to take to protect the jobs of thousands of skilled labourers and millions of dollars annually if such a policy is not drastically altered?

Senator COTTON - I am unable to help the honourable senator. I cannot have all these papers with me. I do not have a copy of the Tariff Board report. Even if 1 did I would be unable to draw the conclusions from it that he does. He will have to put this question on notice for me to get an answer for him from the responsible Minister.

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