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Thursday, 28 July 1904

Mr JOHNSON (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister of

External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Government has considered the important bearing which the opening of the Panama Canal will have upon the value of the New Hebrides Islands to Australian and British trade in the Pacific?

2.   In view of the importance of promoting and encouraging Australian settlement in the New Hebrides, will the Government favourably consider the question of allowing a rebate, of duties on Australian settlers' produce from those Islands, or otherwise remove the heavy handicap now imposed upon their trade as compared with the liberal treatment of French settlers by their Government ?

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