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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1781

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - I rise only to say that a valiant effort was made by the Opposition this evening to draw attention to the plight of the State of Tasmania in the present circumstances in this nation. That situation has been highlighted by Tasmanian senators from the Opposition. I speak on this motion for the third reading only to highlight the fact that the people who on other occasions have said that they speak for Tasmania voted against a proposition as indicated in the Opposition's amendment to the motion for the second reading which indicated that the moneys which were advanced to Tasmania were inadequate and that the Government should make provision for further funds to enable the Tasmanian people and commercial undertakings to enjoy a shipping transport cost no greater per ton mile than the mail freight rate applying in the other States of Australia. We know that is something that was promised by the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) of this country before he became the Prime Minister. We only regret that the man who speaks for the State of South Australia as he claims, as the Liberal Movement senator, was not prepared to speak on behalf of the State of Tasmania.

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