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Tuesday, 31 July 1906

Question - That the words proposed to be Inserted be so inserted - put. The Committee divided.

DIVISION:NOES 29 (23 majority) AYES 6 PAIRS 0

Majority ... ... 23








Question' so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Mr. KELLY(Wentworth).- In the final report of the Engineers-in-Chief the following passage occurs : -

We understand that the Gawler range route is regarded unfavorably by the South Australian Government; while the Tarcoola route is preferred, owing to the prospect of probable future development of the district, and as best serving the traffic which will result. For these reasons we have put on one side the further consideration of the Gawler range route, although it might prove to be 60 miles shorter, and presumably proportionately less costly.

That statement leads me to move -

That after the word "may," line 1, the following words be inserted : - " So soon as the States of South Australia and Western Australia have given an undertaking to permit and facilitate the eventual construction of the line by the Commonwealth over whatever route it may select."

My object is to enable the Commonwealth to decide, on the advice of its engineers, what route shall be taken. We have been told over and over again that the main reason why the Commonwealth should construct the railway lies in the national character of the undertaking, and, If that is so, its route should be determined by the Commonwealth authority. Therefore, I have moved the amendment in the full expectation that the Minister will see his way clear to accept it.

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