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Wednesday, 30 September 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - On the 24th September, the Leader of the Opposition (SenatorCollings) asked a question, upon notice, concerning statements published in the Sydney Telegraph of the1 9th September, 1936, regarding the Territory of New Guinea. In reply to his inquiries regarding statements relating to the supply of cement the honorable senator was informed that nothing was known in the department of any tenders having been called for the supply of 1,000 casks of cement, but that inquiry had been made of the Administrator at Rabaul. I am now in a position to advise the honorable senator that the Administrator has reported that quotations, closing on the 26th June last, were invited for the supply of cement, and that no brand was specified. The only quotations received were for Japanese " Onoda " and Danish " Icebear ", and the Administrator states that the former was accepted at a price of 9s. 5½d. a cask c.i.f.e., Rabaul.

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