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Friday, 24 August 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : - 1. (1) The figures quoted differ from the official returns; doubtless they represent the values landed in England. The official figures show a decrease in exports till 1904, and a slight increase in 1905. (2), (3), (4). Nothing is known on these points beyond press reports.

2.   This would depend upon whether or not the leather was known to the purchaser to be adulterated.

3.   The Commerce Regulations, as finally adopted, will be strictly enforced.

Senator FINDLEY - Arising out of the answers, I desire to ask the Minister whether he will make further inquiry, with a view to ascertaining whether the reports which have appeared in the press, and which have been detrimental to the interests of the Commonwealth, are correct or incorrect?

Senator PLAYFORD - I shall ask the Minister of Trade and Customs to get whatever information he can on the subject, and furnish it to the honorable senator.

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