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Wednesday, 14 October 1914

Mr TUDOR (YARRA, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - Persons connected with the butter business in Victoria, and representing, I understand, the butterproducing interests of Australia, informed me on Saturday that the Orient Steam Navigation Company's representatives had stated that they could not accept butter for the Osterley, leaving Melbourne on the 28th inst. I was informed that after the Osterley left no butter could be sent away for another month, and that consequently there was a danger of missing the Christmas trade. I immediately communicated with the PostmasterGeneral on the subject, the matter being within his administration, as affected by the postal contract, and he informed me on Monday that he had sent an urgent telegram to the representative of the Orient Steam Navigation Company in Sydney. I do not know whether he has received any satisfactory reply.

Mr MASSY-GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the PostmasterGeneral received any definite reply from the management of the Orient Steam Navigation Company in Sydney as to whether they intend to take any butter on the Osterley?

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