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Thursday, 25 May 1939


Mr Price e asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that there is keen competition for passenger traffic among the services of the railway departments, the air companies, and the shipping companies?

2.   What is the present travelling time by (a) by rail, (b) air, and (c) sea, from Sydney to Adelaide; and by (a) rail, and (b) air, from Canberra to Adelaide?

3.   Is it a fact that a rail passenger from Canberra or Sydney to Adelaide is called upon to remain in Melbourne from 11.15 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., and when travelling from Adelaide to Canberra or Sydney, from 9.15 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.?

4.   What is the reason for these long stops in Melbourne ?

5.   Will he call for a report from the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner, and, later, arrange a conference of the various railways commissioners with a view to reducing passenger travelling time?


Mr Perkins - The Minister for the Interior has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Sydney to Adelaide. - (a) Rail, 30 hours 5 minutes. (b) Air (i) via Melbourne, 9 hours 45 minutes; (ii) via Mildura and Narrandera, 5 hours 23 minutes. (c) Sea, 112 hours (approximately). Canberra to Adelaide. - (a) Rail, 30 hours 25 minutes. (b) Air, 20 hours 55 minutes (overnight stay in Melbourne necessary). The foregoing includes all waiting times at Melbourne.

3.   The intervals at Melbourne between connecting trains are - (a) when travelling from Canberra or Sydney to Adelaide, from 11.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; (b) when travelling from Adelaide to Canberra or Sydney, from 9.35 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

4.   This is a matter for the railway administrations of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

5.   The Commonwealth Railways Commissioner is being asked to report, and the question of arranging a conference of the various railways commissioners will later be considered.







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