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Tuesday, 4 September 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - The note I have as to this item is as follows: -

The business at Broome at present is being carried on in premises leased from Messrs. Newman, Goldstein, and Co., at a rental of £200 per annum. The present premises are under offer to the Commonwealth for a sum of £1,200. The Collector of Customs, Western Australia, recommends the erection of suitable premises on the vacant land at the south end of the Government goods sheds, as he believes it is possible to erect a more suitable building for the same amount of money, viz.,£1,200. He also points out that some of the blocks on which the present building is erected have sunk into the ground considerably, causing the floor to drop a lot in the centre. There is also a danger, when heavy rain falls, of the ground softening, and with a heavy stock in bond the weight will cause the blocks to sink lower, thus making the building unsafe, and liable to be infested with white ants if the floors drop too near the ground. It is considered that Broome will be the centre of the pearling operations for many years, as it has been ascertained that the grounds extend for 200 miles on either side of that port, also the shopkeepers and others who possess a great interest in the pearling fleet will not readily consent to transfer, seeing they have established their headquarters at Broome.

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