WHEAT AND FLOUR
STATE SUPPLIES. Speaking on tho question of food supplies at his Albany street meeting last evening, Mr G. M. Thomson stated that as a result of telegrams which had been sent to members of the Cabinet bv Mr Stathain and himself regarding the threatened bread, famine the following reply had been received from the Prime Minister: — , I have arranged for 25 tons of flour to be sent to Dunedin next week, and ti further 25 tons 12 days’ delivery thereafter. Twelve hundred and seventy sacks of Australian wheat leaving Sydney to-day for Dunedin and 500 sacks for Bluff. Food Commission will sit in Dunedin probably early next week. Mr Thomson added that if the shortage continued he would urge the Government to take over all the wheat in tho country, if necessary, as he looked upon men who held wheat for a huge profit at such a time of need as public enemies. HIGHLY SATISFACTORY. FURTHER SHIPMENTS FROM AUSTRALIA. • Messrs C. E. Stathain and G. M. Thomson to-day received the following additional wires from the Prime Minister (Hon. W. F. Massey) at Hawera : I am advised by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth that 41 tons of flour have been shipped per Wiramera for Bluff, and 75 tons for Dunedin. I have arranged for an additional quantity of 395 sacks of Australian wheat to go to Dunedin, which will make considerably over 2,000 sacks to reach Dunedin within the next 10 days from Australia. IMPORTANT STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER. WHAT THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSE TO DO. [Peb. United Pbess Association.] HAWERA, November 28. The following statement has been made by the Prime Minister: It is now acknowledged in the southern districts of New Zealand that the Dominion is faced with a shortage both of wheat and flour, and that we shall have to depend upon outside sources for most cf our supplies for at least two months. The Commission set up under tho Regulation of Trade and Commerce Act of'last session will sit again in a few days to further consider the present shortage. In" view of the difficulty that has arisen, and also having regard to the fact that we have to imjwrt much of the wheat and flour that is required, I want those who may hold stocks of wheat to understand that the Government will purchase at a fair price, and that they will not be allowed to keep supplies locked up to the detriment of the population. Supplies are afloat at the present time from Australia, and a further large consignment will be forthcoming in a few weeks from Canada. In the meantime I want to emphasise the point that the Government will not allow any storing of wheat supplies for the purpose of exploiting the public.
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WHEAT AND FLOUR, Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914