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Friday, 27 July 1906


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - My reply to the Prime Minister, in the first place, is that the condition which he has. read is only an extract from a contract.


Mr Deakin - I have read the whole of the condition.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The setting of the condition may entirely alter its effect.


Mr Deakin - There are no limitations and no setting.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) -The wording of the condition is the same as that of the condition in the Cunard contract, which was read last night; but there were other provisions in the contract relating to the schedule.


Mr Deakin - There are no others in this.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The schedule set out made it plain that the Admiralty was to take this action solely for war purposes.


Mr Deakin - There is no schedule in this case.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I make the honorable and learned gentleman a present of that contention. The important distinction between the condition which he has read and that in the proposed contract is that, in the British condition, only the Admiralty may purchase ships.


Mr Deakin - We have no Admiralty.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The English Postmaster-General could not purchase, or even charter, a vessel under this provision. The contract is wholly opposed to the purchase, so far as the Postmaster-General is concerned ; but the Admiralty may step in and acquire any of the mail-ships if it is thought to be in the public interest to do so. Need anything more be said on the matter. I challenge the honorable and learned gentleman to put a similar provision into his contract.


Mr Deakin - The provision in out contract was adopted from' the one which I have read. We could not arrange for action by the Admiralty.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - We can substitute the Minister of Defence for the Admiralty.


Mr Deakin - That would make no differecce. The Minister of Defence, like the Postmaster-General, would do what the Government told him to do.


Mr Glynn - Surely the purposes for which any purchase may be made can be declared.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I challenge the Prime Minister to let us see the full setting; of this provision.


Mr Deakin - I will show the honorable member the other conditions, though they do not affect that which I have read.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - There is a similar provision in the Cunard contract; but it is affected by anotherprovision.


Mr Deakin - There is no other provision in this case relating either to a subvention or a schedule.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) -The material point is that under the British contract, the Imperial Postmaster-General cannot purchase or charter any mail steamers'.


Mr Deakin - That is only because they have a Admiralty to make their pur-

Mr.JOSEPH COOK.-The reason why the power of purchase is given to the Admiralty, and not to the Postmaster-General, is obvious.







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