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Wednesday, 2 June 1915

Mr MAHON - The answers to the honorable member's questions are - 1 and 2. There is no such office as Acting; Administrator. During his absences in the south, the Administrator is in daily communication by telegraph with the various heads of offices.

3.   No necessity has yet been felt for any change.

Mr. LAIRDSMITH (for Mr. Higgs) asked the Minister of External Affairs, upon notice - l..Is it true that the late Director of Agriculture (Mr. W. H. Clark), and the late Director of Lands (Mr. George Ryland) endeavoured to induce the Administrator nf the Northern Territory to purchase Wave Hill Station for the Commonwealth Government, and to secure the signatures of cattle-owners to an agreement to supply cattle to a Government Freezing Works?

2.   Is it true that the Administrator refused to entertain these proposals; and, if so, why?

3.   Is Wave Hill Station now owned by Vestey Brothers?

4.   What is the principal address, and what is the chief occupation of Messrs. Vestey Brothers?

Mr MAHON - The answers to the honorable member's questions are- 1 and 2. I have no knowledge as to who first made the suggestion that Wave Hill Station should be purchased by the Government, but the records show that the Administrator viewed the suggestion with favour. No Action was, however, taken. At the time when the Government had under consideration the question of erecting freezing works, the Administra tor was in communication with several stationowners, with the view of obtaining guarantees to supply a certain number of cattle to such works.

3.   The records show the present registered proprietor to be Mr. C. H. Wright, of London.

4.   Messrs. Vestey Brothers, whose principal address is West Smithfield, London, E.C., are cold storage proprietors.

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