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Wednesday, 11 August 1920


Sir ROBERT BEST asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

With reference to his reply to a question askedon the 28th July last by the honorable member for Kooyong, and the Government's decision to enter into a new mail contract with Messrs. Burns, Philp, and Company for twelve months from the 1st August for the carrying out of a three-weekly service to Papua,Rabaul, and theSolomon Islands, &c, for a total subsidy of £40,000 per annum, and the Government's agreement with that company to allow it freedom to increase freights and fares, &c, will the Prime Minister authorize to be laid on the table of the House a return showing -

1.   The total tonnage and numbers of passengers carried per annum on behalf of the Government from and to Australia, Papua, andRabaul during the last three years, and the amount of the rebate on the freights and fares allowed to the Government as compared with charges for similar services paid by the general public?

2.   The total tonnage and number of passengers carried per annum by the Messrs. Burns, Philp, and Company under its agreement with the Messrs. Levers Pacific Plantation Limited from and to Australia and the Solomon Islands for the last three years, and the amount of the rebate on freights and fares allowed by Messrs. Burns, Philp, and Company to Messrs. Levers Pacific Plantation Limited, as compared with charges for similar services paid by the general public?







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