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Friday, 25 June 1937

Senator MARWICK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   What are the details of the freight reductions made by the Oversea Shipping Representatives Association on Australian exports?

2.   Have shipping freights to Australia been increased recently, or has an announcement been made to the effect that such freights are to be increased?

3.   What were the freights on wheat and metals a year ago and what are they to-day?

Senator BRENNAN - The Minister forCommerce has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions : -

1.   Wool -1/8d. per lb.

Fresh apples and pears - 3d. a case.

Chilled beef- l/16d. per lb.

2.   The Commonwealth Government has not had any negotiations in regard to freight rates to Australia, and has not made any announcement in regard thereto.

3.   Wheat - Charter rates in June 1936 varied around 25s. per ton. At present they vary around 50s. per ton.

Metals - Full details will be foundin the Quarterly Summary of Australia Statistics. As far as the Commonwealth Government is aware, there has not been any change during the last twelve months.

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