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Thursday, 26 August 1920

Mr STORY (for Sir Robert Best) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

With reference to replies made by him on the 28th July and the 11th day of August to questions by the honorable member for Kooyong concerning the new mail contract with Messrs. Burns, Philp and Company, will he inform the House -

1.   On what grounds the Government agreed that the present rates were to be increased in the first instance by 20 per cent.?

2.   Whether the Government consulted the Controller of Shipping as to increasing such rates, and did that officer report that such an increase was reasonable?

3.   That in the event of the Government not having consulted the Controller of Shipping, under what authority are Messrs. Burns, Philp and Company now charging 20 per cent. increase.

4.   Will the Government take the necessary steps to have the rates and fares fixed on a reasonable basis?

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