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Wednesday, 3 April 1957

Mr EDMONDS (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Territories, and with your permission, Mr. Speaker, I shall remind the House that, recently, I brought to the notice of the Parliament an unfortunate incident concerning an exserviceman named Bowden who was imprisoned in Samarai as a prohibited immigrant. I have received from the gentleman concerned a message which states that, late in February, he booked and paid for certain equipment of the ship " Alfa ", which is his own property and which is almost unique in the trochus fishing industry. Consequently, he considers it to be very valuable. That property was to have left Samarai in the " Bulolo ", the Burns Philp agency ship, but has not been received by him. Will the Minister ascertain whether the delivery of those goods has been delayed as the result of activities of officers of the Department of Territories, and will he try to find out what has occurred to them?

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