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Friday, 29 November 1935

Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Has the attention of the Government been drawn to a protest made by Mr. H. E. Braine, Secretary of the Wheat Pool of Western Australia, against the increase of wheat freights by sea to Great Britain, Europe and China, published in the West, Australian of the 8th instant?

2.   Were these increases (if any) in shipping freights made because the Advisory Committee appointed to make recommendations to the British Government regarding the distribution of the British shipping subsidy had threatened ship-owners with a withdrawal of subsidy unless competition amongst themselves was reduced?

3.   What steps does the Government intend to take to protect Australian wheat-growers against increased charges represented by increases in shipping freights?

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