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Thursday, 1 July 1920


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - On the 6th May the honorable member for Wentworth (Mr. Marks) asked the following questions, 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, Wooloomooloo Bay, Sydney, and transferred to a lighter for the purpose of dumping at sea ?

2.   Admittting that no reasonable offer was received at an 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 ?

The reply then furnished was that the information was being obtained. I now supply the following information: - 1 to 3. The facts of the case are as follow : - One thousand four hundred and ninety cases of dates, the product of Mesopotamia, arrived at Sydney during the first week in March. Upon examination of the consignment at the wharf by an officer of the Board of Health, 216 cases were passed as fit for consumption, and the remaining 1,274 cases condemned as totally unfit for use as human food, being fermented and badly life infested. These dates were accordingly removed from' the cases and dumped at sea,, the cases being burnt at the Moore Park Destructor.







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