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Thursday, 6 May 1920

Mr BURCHELL (for Mr. Marks) asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that, on or about the 8th April last, some 1,000 to 3,000 boxes of dates in excellent condition were removed from the containers at Brown's wharf, Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney, and transferred to a lighter for the purpose of dumping at sea?

2.   Admitting that no reasonable offer was received at auction for these dates, might not the same have been distributed amongst charitable institutions?

3.   Will he consider the question of giving the necessary instructions to prevent a like wastage of food in the future?

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