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Thursday, 13 October 1983
Page: 1700

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled, the petition of certain citizens of the Northern Territory of Australia shows:

1. That the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of South Australia entered into an agreement on 7th December 1907 requiring the Commonwealth of Australia to construct the transcontinental (north-south) railway from Darwin to South Australia;

2. That the transcontinental (north-south) railway has not yet been constructed ;

3. That the construction of the transcontinental (north-south) railway is the linchpin for the further development of the Northern Territory of Australia;

4. That the transcontinental (north-south) railway will provide employment through construction work, steel production and manufacturing and it will assist in ensuring the defence and security of Northern Australia.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Commonwealth of Australia commence and complete construction of the transcontinental (north-south) railway at an early date.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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