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Thursday, 4 June 1914

Senator MILLEN - I have obtained some information on this question, but it seems to me that there is a little more contained in the statement which I have here than can properly De regarded as an answer to the honorable senator's inquiry. The information is contained in' a letter which is signed by Mr. Edwards, and reads -

In regard to the debate in the Senate last night respecting the purchase by the Department of copies of the Fruit World, it might be pointed out that Senator Ready rang up the Secretary of the Department, and inquired to whom he might refer for information concerning the purchase of. the papers. He was informed that I am the officer who deals "with these matters. Senator Ready then telephoned me and desired certain information. Thinking tha could be given to him better than over the telephone, I stated that if he so wished 1 would see him. This 1 did at once in one of the Senate rooms. Regarding the misunderstanding .concerning the price paid, viz., whether it was 7d. or 9d. per COP - the reply given to question No. 2 asked by Senator Ready is correct - " The grice paid amounted to 9d. per copy, which included the cost of wrappers, wrapping, addressing, postage, &c."

The price actually paid for the publication itself was £30 per thousand, or a little over 7d. per copy. That is the net price for the copies of the journal. The gross price amounted to - to be strictly accurate- 9 3-5d. per copy. This included 2d. per copy postage on the 3,000 copies sent to individual farmers in America, us well as the cost of printing the wrappers, wrapping, addressing, and fixing the wrappers, advertising space on the back cover, also packing and freight on 2,000 copies sent to the agents of the New South Wales and Victorian Governments in San Francisco.

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