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Wednesday, 13 July 1904


Sir JOHN FORREST - I desire to withdraw the following questions standing in my name upon the business-paper, which are addressed to the Minister of Trade and Customs : -

1.   What was the total value of cargo carried coastwise in the Commonwealth for 1903 (exclusive of cargo carried from abroad and landed at ports of the Commonwealth, or cargo shipped from ports of the Commonwealth for abroad) ?

2.   What proportion of such cargo is .carried by oversea ships - that is, ships trading from abroad and touching at ports en route to their final port of destination in the Commonwealth and vice versa?

3.   What was the number of passengers carried by Inter-State ships coastwise in the Commonwealth during 1903?

4.   What was the number of passengers carried by oversea British and foreign ships coastwise in the Commonwealth during 1903, distinguishing the numbers carried by British or by foreign ships as far as is possible?

Since I gave notice of these questions, the Customs Department has supplied me with some of the information desired, and has promised to furnish me with the remainder as soon as possible.







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