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Thursday, 10 September 1936

Senator BROWN - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, who returned recently . from a visit to the Mandated Territory and the northern portion of Australia, whether a report has been made concerning his investigations into the reported raiding of Australian fishing grounds by Japanese sampans, and if so, will the Government make the report available to honorable senators?

Senator SIRGEORGE PEARCE.Naturally, when a Minister visits the Mandated Territory of New Guinea and Papua, he furnishes to the Minister responsible for their administration a full report of his observations. Such reports are intended for Ministers, and are not available for publication.

Senator BROWN - The people in Queensland are deeply interested in what is happening up north, and all I ask is that if a report has been made by the Minister for Trade and Customs relating to the presence of Japanese sampans in North Australian waters, it shall be made available to members of this chamber.

Senator SIRGEORGE PEARCE.Reports made by one Minister to another are not intended for publication.

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