HC Deb 14 May 1919 vol 115 cc1572-3
24. Major-General Sir NEWTON MOORE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to a cable in the Press of 8th May stating that German traders in Rabaul are cancelling their freight contracts with Australian shipping companies with the intention of diverting trade to Hamburg through Japanese and Dutch vessels; and, if so, what action the Government proposes taking in the matter?

Colonel AMERY

I have seen the cable referred to. The question of action is primarily one for the consideration of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia which is administering German New Guinea.