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Thursday, 16 November 1939


Mr Ward d asked the Prime Minister. upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that in 1933 the then Minister for the Interior (Mr. Perkins), speaking on the leasing of the Cockatoo Island Dockyard, said that in the event of any untoward happening, such as the outbreak of war, the Government would be forced to exercise emergency powers and resume possession of the dock?

2.   Does the Government intend to repossess the dock ?


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

1.   In connexion with a suggestion that the Cockatoo Island Dockyard be sold outright (not leased), the then Minister for the Interior made the statement attributed to him.

2.   It is not the present intention of the Government to resume possession of the dockyard.


Mr Ward d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What annual rental has been received for the Cockatoo Island Dockyard?

2.   What is the value of the work given to the dockyard each year since it was leased?


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

1.   1933-34, £1,000; 1934-3S, £3,877 4s. 7d.; 193S-3C, £9.030 10s. 8d.; 1930-37, £14,704 13s. 1.0d.: 1937-38, £14.713 7s. 3d.; 1938-39, £27,894 16s. 3d.

2.   The information is being obtained and will be made available at as early a date as possible.







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