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Wednesday, 5 May 1920

Mr ATKINSON (Wilmot) . - T desire to bring under the notice of the Government a question relating to sugar supplies. I understood that, under the agreement recently adopted, a trader who wished to purchase a ton or more of sugar from the Colonial Sugar Refining Company was entitled to do so. I have ascertained, however, that there are traders in different parts of the country who have approached the Colonial Sugar Refining Company for supplies of sugar, and, although the company has not actually refused their request, it has not given them any indication as to when they can obtain supplies, but has informed them that they are to go on obtaining their requirements as formerly. I hope the Government, who have already stated that traders are allowed to purchase bulk supplies in this way, will see that these persons are fairly treated. It is an easy matter for purchasers in Melbourne to obtain sugar, because they can besiege Ministers and get something done. Rut country purchasers have to contend with many difficulties, including unsatisfactory transport, and are not .in such an advantageous position as city buyers. I trust the Government will consider this matter at the earliest possible moment, so that traders will know, with -some certainty, when their applications to the Colonial Sugar Refining Company are likely to be favorably considered.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I shall look into the matter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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