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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) en asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that trade between the British Solomon Islands and Australia is of major importance because it completely overshadows that country's commercial relationship with any other country?

2.   Is it a fact that Australia supplies over one-third (?28,000) of the imports, and takes two-thirds (?68,500) of the exports?

3.   Will he arrange to have the annual report of the British Solomon Islands, issued by the British Colonial Office, made available to, honorable members desiring and making application for such reports?

Mr Lyons - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The latest statistics issued by the British Board of Trade and available here relating to the trade of the British Solomon Island Protectorate show that the total imports of the islands for the financial year ended the 31st March, 1934, were valued at ?157,000, and the total exports at ?109,000. Imports from Australia during that period are shown at ?73,000, and exports to Australia at ?77,000. It is not disclosed whether the imports front Australia refer only to goods of Australian origin or include goods re-exported from Australia.

2.   The trade of Australia with the Solomon Islands for the financial years ended the 30th June, 1934, and the 30th June, 1935, was as follows : -


Figures for earlier years are set out in Oversea Trade Bulletin, No. 31. published by the Commonwealth Statistician.

3.   A small number of copies of the annual report on the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, sufficient for departmental purposes, is received in ordinary course from the British Government. I have ascertainedthat the report is available in the Parliamentary Library for perusal by honorable members.

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