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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 592

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Is it true that there is every prospect of a major upsurge in the appearance of imported ships on the Australian coast now that approvals to import new ships will be freely given and the non-preferential tariff on them removed? Is it true also that the public-owned Australian National Line is giving orders to a foreign yard at a time when Australian yards are facing a critical shortage of orders?

Senator COTTON - There has been a series of observations on this question from Senator McAuIiffe and a series of answers by me. They have, taken the current form: The honourable senator makes the observations and I point but to him that substantial aid has been given to the shipbuilding industry. I ask the honourable senator to put his question on notice so that I may provide him with accurate information for the benefit of his query and equally to correct a number of assumptions he makes most qf which have proved to be incorrect. "

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