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Thursday, 16 June 1904

Mr KENNEDY (MOIRA, VICTORIA) - I wish to direct- attention to a paragraph in this morning's Age, where it is stated that -

The Director of Agriculture remarked yesterday that, as the mail companies had taken no pains to deliver the butter at regular intervals in London by steamers which they engaged during the fruit "season, it was difficult to see why the shippers continued to bind themselves by contract to the companies, and to pay jd. per lb. for the carriage of their butter to London in the very same vessels in which Brisbane shippers were able to send butter to London for id. per lb.

Will the Prime Minister cause inquiry to be made into the accuracy of the statement that butter is being shipped to London from Brisbane under contract for Jd_ per lb., and into the general conditions, under which the shipments are made, witha view to ascertaining the relative cost of shipments from Brisbane, Sydney, and" Melbourne ?

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