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Thursday, 15 May 1924


Mr BRUCE - I shall have inquiries made from the Commonwealth Shipping Board, and advise the honorable member of the result.


Mr C RILEY (COOK, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What was the cost to the Commonwealth of the seven "Bay" boats, Commonwealth Line?

2.   When were they handed over to tho Commonwealth by the builders?

3.   What money has been spent on repairs and alterations on each vessel since being taken over from the builders?

Mi-. BRUCE.- The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   There are only five "Bay" steamers: - Moreton Bay, £1,229.211 4s. 3d,.: Largs Bay, £1,176,158 Os. 5d.; Hobson's Bay, £1,117,155 2s. 3d.; Esperance Bay, £1,097,395 14s. Sd.; and Jervis Bay, £l,0(Jo,S»7 17s. 10d.

2.   Moreton Baywas handed over on 13th November, 1921; Largs Bay was handed over on 23rd Decern bor, 1921; Robson'* Bay was handed over on 17th February, 1922; EsperanceBay was handed over on 14th July, 1922'; and Jervis Hay was handed over on 11th September, 1922.

3.   I will have inquiries made from the Commonwealth Shipping Board, and will advise the honorable member of the result at the earliest possible moment.







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