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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Mr CULPIN (BRISBANE. QLD) - I wish to direct the attention of the Minister of Trade and Customs to the following statement which appeared in the Brisbane Courier of Friday last:-

The Mossman canegrowers are experiencing considerable delay in obtaining payment of bounty claims, which amount to between £300 and £400 weekly. The head office, it is stated, only remits a comparatively small amount, and then awaits the return of the farmers'" vouchers before further remitting. The funds available are only sufficient to meet half, the claims. Unless the present arrangements are altered, the payments at the end of the crushing will be at least £10,000 in arrears, and at the rate of £400 per fortnight the final payment on the present season's cane will not be made till late in 1907 - a prospect which the farmers never contemplated when registering. The mill directors have wired a protest to the Collector of Customs in Brisbane.

I should like to know whether the Minister will inquire into the matter.

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