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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr HAWKER - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   So far as can be ascertained, there is no restriction as to the number of ports of call of any vessel engaged in the foreign-going trade with the United States of America. Definite information on the point is, however, being sought, and when received will be made available to the honorable member.

2.   Yes. The trade between Honolulu and the United States of America is regarded as part of the coasting trade of that country.

3.   Yes.

4.   No Australian-registered vessel trades to the United States of America. The two British vessels running between Sydney and San Francisco, via New Zealand, and owned by the Union Steamship Company, with head-quarters in the dominion, are registered in London. The matter of protecting the trade of these vessels is therefore primarily one for the consideration of the British and New Zealand Governments. Communications on the subject have been exchanged with these governments and the matter is receiving consideration, but it is not possible at present to indicate what line of action, if any, it is proposed to adopt.

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