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Wednesday, 8 September 1920


Mr HUGHES - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The amount cannot be definitely stated until both vessels have been completed and the actual deadweight capacity ascertained, as required under the contract.


Mr MAHONY asked the Minister in charge of Shipbuilding, upon notice -

Will the Minister supply the following information : -

1.   Who drew up the contracts, plans, and specifications for the building of the Commonwealth wooden vessels Burnside and Braeside?

2.   Who perused, on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, such contracts, plans, and specifications?

3.   Who supervised, on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, the building of the two vessels named?


Mr HUGHES - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The contracts were drawn up by the Crown Solicitor, on information supplied by the Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Ship Construction Branch.

2.   The Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Ship Construction Branch.

3.   The Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Ship Construction Branch.


Mr MAHONY asked the Minister in charge of Shipbuilding, upon notice -

1.   Have Messrs. Burns, Philp, and Company refused to complete the purchase of the Commonwealth wooden ships Burnside and Braeside?

2.   If so, for what reason?


Mr HUGHES - In view of the fact that there are certain matters in dispute between the contractors for the construction of these vessels and the Department, and that such matters are likely to be the subject of arbitration proceedings almost immediately, it isnot advisable to make any statement at the present time.







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