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Monday, 11 December 1905

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - In reply to the honorable member's questions -

1.   Only certain portions of these bicycles are imported, and the machines are completed afterwards by the addition of other parts from various sources. The cost of completion is not officially within the knowledge of the Department.

2.   The Department is not officially aware of the selling price. It may be observed the MasseyHarris bicycles are not manufactured by the company of that name which deals in agricultural machinery.

I may add that certain information has been given confidentially to the Department, which of course I cannot use ; but the invoice price and cost of these bicycles is a great deal more than that which has been represented to me -£4 or £5 - by certain persons.

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