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Friday, 7 May 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The Inter-State vessels that were under requisition are being handed back to their owners on completion of current trips; the majority having already been released. The owners advise that they have already fixed the Barwon to lift 500 tons of chaff sailing to-day from Adelaide, and the Tarcoola 500 tons, and the Kooyong 550 tons, both of the latter sailing from Adelaide on Saturday, 8th instant. In addition, I am advised that further - vessels will be fixed as they become available. In addition to these ships, the s.s. Tarra is loading chaff at Port Pirie for Sydney and Newcastle, and the overseas steamer Woodarra is also loading a quantity of this cargo there for New South Wales.

2.   I have no knowledge of Messrs. J. and A. Brown being prepared to send ships to Adelaide for fodder. There was only one vessel belonging to . this firm under requisition. Messrs. J. and A. Brown have been offered the release of that ship on. the same conditions as other owners, but they have not so far accepted the offer. If they accepted release, they could employ the vessel to whatever Australian ports they chose to run.

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