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Thursday, 15 May 1924

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Health) -The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   £7,838 18s.9d.

2.   Mr. Littlereceived no allowance except for travelling expenses when absent fromheadquarters. Such expenses were paid at the rate of £2 2s. per diem-.

3.   £11,309 14s7d.

4.   Mr. Littlestates ha has informed Chinese merchants of opportunities of trade between Australia and China. This is indicated in the bulletins issued by him from' time to time. He was instrumental in inducing railway companies in China to use Australian sleepers. Possibly a few contracts were arranged as a result of his representations. It is always hard to trace the result of a Trade. Commissioner's work, as firms, after being introduced to one another, do not always complete their business through the Commissioner. He has informed manufacturers and merchants in Australia interested in Eastern trade regarding require* ments of the markets in China. As an aid he hus sent samples of goods used in the Bast, and the prices obtained with the idea of showing the Australian merchant the class of article that Australia should send to the East. However, the test of work can only ibc seen in the trade returns, which show the following results for the year before he was appointed and the last year of his appointment: -


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