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Thursday, 14 February 1929

Mr ABBOTT - Indentured labour is not engaged on cargo boats in North Australia, but in December last the SubCollector of Customs at Darwin reported that the launch that made monthly trips to the lighthouse with stores was unfit for further service, and that there was no suitable launch available to replace it. He asked for approval to use a pearling lugger with crew for the December trip. In January the Sub-Collector advised that a settler at Adelaide River was reported to be without rations and desired to hire a pearling lugger and crew to convey relief, and stated that he was satisfied no other boat would be available for two weeks, when the lugger on which the settler relied would be under repairs. The Sub-Collector recommended that approval be given for the lugger to make the trip to the Adelaide River, and also to take stores to the lighthouse, for which no other vessel had yet been obtained. In the special circumstances of both cases approval was given by my department.

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