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Wednesday, 10 September 1958

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The Minister is not in attendance.

Mr CURTIN - Well, because of the urgency of the matter and the currency of rumours in my electorate, I should like to address the question to the Prime Minister. By way of preface, I point out to the right honorable gentleman that in my electorate there is an area of land of about 200 acres bounded by Bundock-street, Moverley-road, Elphinstone-street and the Randwick naval stores, on which sand excavators are at work. I presume that the land is under the control of the Department of the Interior. Because of the urgency of the matter, I should like the Prime Minister to obtain answers to the following questions: -

1.   What is the name of the holder of the licence to excavate and market the valuable sand on this site?

2.   How much royalty is paid to the department per ton of sand removed?

3.   How is the assessment made as to the tonnage removed, and what check is kept by the department?

4.   How much per ton is charged by the licensee for this sand?

5.   For what length of time is a licence issued?

6.   What hours of the day is the licensee allowed to operate-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! In addition to. giving information, the honorable member is directing to the Prime Minister a question about a matter that does not come under the right honorable gentleman's control. The honorable member should ask his question immediately or resume his seat.

Mr CURTIN - What hours of the day is the licensee allowed to operate, bearing in mind--

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will resume his seat.

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