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Wednesday, 22 June 1904

Mr WATSON - The answers to the right honorable members questions are as follow : -


2.   £9,000 per annum. 3.£23,870 per annum.

4.   An amount of£6,000 is paid annually for mail service to the New Hebrides and other Pacific Islands, which do not include the Gilbert Islands. 5.No.

6.   An amount of£30,172 14s.9d. has been paid to the Imperial Government in respect of loss on the business of the Pacific Cable, up to 31st March, 1903.

I may say that the amount . of that loss is divided between the original contracting States of New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.

Sir John Forrest - Is the . £30,000 a Commonwealth loss?

Mr WATSON - None of that loss is borne by the Commonwealth, but is borne by the States interested. The £30,000 is paid by the Commonwealth nominally, but really on behalf of the three States interested.

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