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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr CUNNINGHAM (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Have the Government taken any action to, provide early payment to distressed graziers of portion of the profits accruing to them from the W ool Pool, so that they may restock their holdings? If so, can the Prime Minister give any indication when payment may be expected?

Mr HUGHES -Is not that question on the notice-paper?

Mr Cunningham - No.

Mr HUGHES - Then I am able to state, in reply, that I have repeatedly pressed the British Government for payment of the profits accruing to Australian growers, and that, as recently as the 3rd July, I cabled to the British authorities strongly urging expedition. So far, no definite arrangement has been made, but I hope soon to be in a position to announce that a satisfactory reply has been received from the British Government.


Mr BLAKELEY - Is it a fact that Mr. Hugh J. Ward, theatrical manager, has been recommended for honours? If so, has it been upon the representations of the theatrical profession, and of the employees . therein? Also, is it a fact that the gentleman concerned is an American citizen?

Mr HUGHES - I do not propose to answer any of these questions.

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