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Wednesday, 2 July 1930

Senator E B JOHNSTON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the Colonial Sugar Refining Company Limited made a disclosed profit of £910,829 during the year ended 31st March. 1930?

2.   Has the wholesale price of sugar in Australia been fixed at £376s. 8d. per ton, and the retail price at 4½d. per lb. in the State capitals ?

3.   Is Australian sugar exported and sold at from £9 to £11 per ton in Great Britain and New Zealand?

4.   Does the embargo against the importation of sugar into Australia expire next year; if so, on what date?

5.   In view of the necessity for reducing the cost of living in the Commonwealth, will the Parliament lie consulted before an embargo is renewed which enables one company to make a profit of nearly £1,000,000 yearly at the expense of the Australian householder?

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