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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr RUSSELL (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to direct to the Prime Minister a question which relates to the standardization of railway gauges.

Has the right honorable gentleman's attention been directed to a statement in which the Premier of South Australia is reported as having said that current Commonwealth proposals for the standardization of railway gauges in South Australia were a complete departure from the original agreement; that South Australia might have to find out from the High Court of Australia whether the agreement with the Commonwealth on rail standardization in South Australia meant anything; and, further, that the South Australian Premier could not help but feel that, at the moment, there was no support in the Federal Cabinet for the Cockburn to Port Pirie project, notwithstanding that it was the subject of a firm agreement between both parties? The South Australian Premier has invited the Prime Minister to make a frank statement of the Commonwealth's intentions, but this he has not been able to get. In reference to the Mount Isa project, the Premier states that the-

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