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Wednesday, 28 July 1920


Mr HUGHES - It has been, decided to enter into a new mail contract with Burns, Philp and Company for twelve months from the 1st August, 1920, for the carrying out of a three-weekly service to Papua, Rabaul, and the Solomon Islands, and a two-monthly service to Lord Howe Island1, Norfolk Island, and the New Hebrides, for a total subsidy of £40,000 per annum. The company is to be allowed freedom to increase freight.3 and fares subject to the Controller of Shipping being satisfied as to the reasonableness of any such increases, the present rates to be increased in the first instance by 20 per cent. The contract will provide for uniform rates of freights and fares to be charged in respect of each service, and provision will also be made with the view of preventing any discrimination or preference as to cargo space or otherwise.







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