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Friday, 16 July 1915


Mr HUGHES - There is some difficulty in stating definitely when the new arrangement will come into force, but probably that will be on Monday next. The difficulty arises owing to our lack of power to deal with the refining side of the question. It is intended, however, as far as possible, that the new arrangement shall come into force on Monday. I beg to state, for the benefit of the public, that, although every effort will be made by the Commonwealth to retail sugar at 3d. per lb. in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart, the considerations of freight are such that we fear we . shall not be able to sell it at that price in the 'western States. I shall, however, do my best.







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