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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr Green n asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Was the advice of the Executive Council of the Territory of New Guinea obtained before the Cabinet selected Salamaua as the site for the capital of the Territory?

2.   Was the advice of the Executive Council of the Territory obtained before the Cabinet directed that the Salamaua- Wau-road should be constructed ?

3.   On the advice of what officials did the Minister base his selection of Salamaua as the capital? 4.Did the Deputy Administrator of the Territory in August last, in the Legislative Council express the view that Salamaua was a most unsuitable site?

5.   What view has been expressed by the Director of Public Health of the Territory as to the suitability of Salamaua as the capital, and, in particular, as to the prevalence of malaria at the selected site?

6.   Will he lay on the Table of the House the report of the Director of Public Health with reference to Salamaua as a site for the capital ?

Mr Hughes (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for External Affairs) - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows : -

The matter of the selection of a site for the head-quarters of the New Guinea Administration is now being reviewed by the Government and replies to the inquiries by the honorable member will be furnished as soon as practicable.

Mr.Watkins asked the. Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the British Government communicated with the Prime Minister regarding the Mandated Territory of New Guinea? If so, what was the nature of the communication?

2.   Has the Commonwealth Government tendered any advice to the British Government with reference to that Territory? Ifso, what was the nature of such advice?

Mr Lyons s. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Assuming that the honorable member has is mind the question of the " return of colonics ", the answer is that no communication has been received from the British Government.

2.   No advice on the question has been tendered to the British Government, although its attention has been drawn to the statement of Sir George Pearce in the Senate on the 13th March, 1936, when the attitude of the Commonwealth Government was indicated.

Reapers and Binders.

Mr Pollard d asked the Minister for

Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   In what year was the Australian-made 6-ft. cut reaper and binder first placed on the Australian market?

2.   What is the name of the firm which placed the first Australian-made reaper and binder on the Australian market?

3.   During the three years following the placing of Australian-made 6-ft. reapers and binders on the market, what prices were charged for them?

4.   What prices were charged for 6-ft. imported reapers and binders for the three years immediately preceding the marketing of Australianmade reapers and binders?

5.   When was a tariff duty first placed on imported reapers and binders?

6.   What was the incidence of the abovementioned tariff?

Mr Perkins (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - As far as can be ascertained, the information desired is as follows: -

1.   Year 1921.

2.   H. V. McKay Proprietary Limited, Sunshine, Victoria.

3.   1921, January, £95. April, £85; 1921-22, £85; 1922-23, £85; 1923-24, £77.

4.   1917-18. £52 10s.; 1918-19, £58 10s.; 1919-20. £03 10s.; £77 10s., from January, 1920; September, 1920, £98 10s.

5.   1st January, 1921.

6.   The duties were increased from - Free (British preferential tariff), 10 per val. (sreneral tariff) ; to - each £6 10s.. or ad val. 30 per cent. (British preferential tariff) ; each £10. or ad val. 45 per cent. (general tariff), whichever rate returns the higher duty. (The prices shown in Nos. 3 and 4 represent the net cash price delivered Melbourne, of a fi-ft. reaper and binder, including transport truck and sheaf carrier.)

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