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Thursday, 25 February 1932

Mr HAWKER (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Markets) - My department has been considering the possibility of having some of the Boxer indemnity applied to the purchase of Australian products. Great Britain's share of the indemnity is divided into two parts: One half is allocated by a committeein England for the purchase of material for developmental works in China; the other half is allocated by a committee in Shanghai, the majority of the members of which are Chinese citizens. Before the purchase of a particular line of goods can be recommended by that committee, a request for them must have been received from the Chinese constructing authority. Mr. Gepp has been inquiring into this matter, and has ascertained that most of the money available up to the present has been already allocated. However, the Government is keeping in mind this possible market, in the hope that a certain proportion of future indemnity payments will be available for the purchase of Australian products.

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