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Wednesday, 27 May 1914
Page: 1445

Senator RAE asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

In view of the statement made in reply to a question by Senator Gardiner on Thursday, the 21st inst., showing that approximately 40 per cent. of the Teesdale Smith railway contract remained unfinished, is it intended to enforce the penalty clause of the agreement immediately after the expiration of the due date of the contract, or has any extension of time been granted, and, if so, for how long and for what reasons?

Senator McCOLL - The answer is -

The penalties will be enforced. Mr. Teesdale Smith has, however, claimed that his time of commencement should date from the 27th February, 1913, the date when he received completed plans of thesection, although the advance copy of plans with which he was furnished some little time before he was furnished with completed plans, should, it is held by the Railways authorities, have enabled him to make a start then. This matter is under reference to the Crown Law Office.

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