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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Mr Green n asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

What is the reason for an increase this year of £12,654 in the expenditure for shipping and mail services to the Pacific Islands?

Mr Lyons - An agreement between the Commonwealth Government and Burns Philp and Company Limited for the maintenance of shipping services to the Pacific Islands which expired on the 31st March, 1937, provided for a subsidy payment at the rate of £44,000 per annum, to which the British Solomon Islands Protectorate contributed £3,000 per annum. The expenditure during 1937-38 was £40,346. A further agreement was made with the company providing for the maintenance of the services for a period of six years and nine months from the 1st April, 1937. That agreement requires a subsidy payment at the rate of £44,000 until the 31st December, 1938, or until a new vessel is employed in the Papua-New Guinea service, and thereafter the subsidy is to be at the rate of £52,500 per annum. The agreement also provides for a variation of subsidy in the event of variations in the rates of wages of the company's employees engaged in the maintenance of the services. Under that provision, additional payments were made in respect of the period ended the 30th June, 1938, and an additional subsidy at the rate of £3,250 per annum is being paid from the 1st July, 1938. The payment of such additional subsidy is to be reviewed in the event of further variations in the rates of wages.

Censorship of News-reel Pictures.

Mr Clark k asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Has an edition of the motion picture, "The March of Time", dealing with the Munich pact, been censored or suppressed In Australia?

2.   If so, what was the reason?

3.   Was similar action taken by the British Government?

4.   Is it a fact that the British Government requested the Government of the United States of America to suppress a Paramount news-reel which included contributions by an ex-editor of the London Times,Mr. Wickham Steed, and by the political correspondent of the London News-Chronicle,Mr. A. J. Cummings?

5.   If so, can he state the reason for that action having been taken ?

Mr Perkins - Inquiries are being made, and a reply will be furnished at an early date.

Detention of Japanese Luggers : Settlement of Claims.

Mr.Blain asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

What were the terms of the settlement in thecase of the third arrested Japanese lugger in Darwin waters, in which judgment has been reserved?

Mr McEwen n. - Before judgment was delivered in the action relating to the Dai Nippon Maru No. 5, negotiations were opened between the Commonwealth and the representatives of the Japanese plaintiffs in the actions then outstanding which, including the action relating to the Dai Nippon Maru No. 5, numbered three, and, as a result, the lump sum of £3,592 was agreed upon in full settlement of all claims for damages in respect of those three actions and of costs in those actions of two other actions in which judgments had already been given. In addition, the pearl shell onthe Dai Nippon Maru No. 6 was returned to the plaintiffs of the vessel. The settlement arrived at was a lump-sum settlement, and no specific amount was allocated in respect of the action relating to the Dai Nippon Maru No. 5.

Cosmetic and Perfume Manufacturing Industry.

Mr.Forde asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   What is the estimated number of persons employed in secondary industries in Australia manufacturing cosmetics and perfumery?

2.   What duties and prohibitions, if any, were imposed on these lines in the years 1930 and 1931, and what is the existing rate of duty?

3.   Is it a fact that since the effective protection has been removed from this industry large retail organizations have despatched their buyers overseas with the intention of purchasing and bringing into this country large quantities of this merchandise, to be sold in opposition to the Australian manufactures ?

4.   Is it a fact that the Australian manufacturers have already been advised by big retail houses that they are unable to purchase Australian and British lines because of the large purchases made in the United States of America ?

5.   Will he give early consideration to the question of effective tariff protection for the industries affected, so as to ensure the maximum employment in the Australian factories?

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

1.   Owing to the fact that cosmetics and perfumery are manufactured in conjunction with many other lines, information as to the number of persons employed in their manufacture in Australia is not available.


3, 4 and 5. The existing duties on cosmetics and perfumery are those which have been recommended by the Tariff Board as adequate for the protection of the local industry. The dates of the Tariff Board's reports wherein these duties are recommended are as follows: -

Toilet preparations and perfumery n.e.i - 12th May, 1933.

Perfumed spirits - 12th April, 1935.

On the 17th December, 1936, the question of duties on toilet preparations and perfumery n.e.i. was again referred to the Tariff Board for inquiry and report. The relative inquiry was held in July, 1937, and the board's report and recommendations are at present under consideration.

I have no knowledge of the happenings referred to in questions Nos. 3 and 4. The reply to question No. 2 clearly shows that the rates of duty at present in force are exceedingly high.

League of Nations : Expenses.

Mr.Francis asked the Acting Minis ter for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   What is the total amount received each year by the League of Nations for its maintenance, organization, upkeep, &c. ?

2.   What portion of this amount is paid in salaries for the officers and staff of the League?

3.   What sum is paid to each of the six highest officials?

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

1.   The amount received each year varies, but the budget for 1939 shows a total income of 35,073,503 Swiss francs (approximately £1,750,000 sterling). The honorable member might note, however, that the League budget covers in addition to the Secretariat, the International Labour Organization, Permanent Court of International Justice, Central Opium Board and various ancillary organizations.

2.   The salaries and allowances of the League Secretariat are 9,667,822 Swiss francs (approximately £480,000 sterling) and of the International Labour Organization Secretariat, 6,916,035 Swiss francs (approximately £345,000 sterling).

3.   Secretary-General, 90,000 Swiss francs; two Deputy Secretaries-General, each60,000 Swiss francs; two under Secretaries-General, each 60,000 Swiss francs; Legal Adviser, 60,000 Swiss franca. The salary of the Director of the International Labour Organization is 80,000 Swiss francs.

Expenditure on New Works and Repairs.

Mr Price (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Works, upon notice -

1.   What is the total amount of money to be spent this financial year on new works and repairs?

2.   How much of this money is it proposed to spend in the State of South Australia?

3.   What are the works and repairs to be carried out in that State?

Mr Thorby y. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The total amount provided on the Estimates for expenditure this financial year is: - £15,899,210, comprising: New works, £15,346,000; repairs and maintenance, £553,210.

2.   £374,285.

3.   -


CivilAviation Department: Accommodation in Canberra.

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for Works, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that a temporary wooden structure, to cost £15,000, is to be built to house the Civil Aviation Department in Canberra ?

2.   Is this structure to be a wing of the present Department of the Interior buildings?

3.   In view of the fact that the contemplated expenditure would substantially defray the cost of a permanent secretariat worthy of the National Capital, will he stop the construction of the temporary structure for the Civil Aviation Department and proceed with the original Canberra building plan?

4.   Has it been decided to postpone indefinitely the construction of No. 3 secretariat building, the foundations for which cost £48,000?

Mr Thorby y. - The matter is under consideration.

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