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Friday, 20 July 1917

Mr WATT - I do not think that the matter Has been considered - certainly not in my time- except in connexion with the acquisition of a property just outside' the Federal Capital territory, which was supposed to be carrying cement stone, and which is now, I believe, the subject of legal proceedings between the Commonwealth, and the original owners.

Mr McWilliams - If cement were manufactured there, what would it cost to bring it to Melbourne 1 >

Mr WATT - It would mean a long haulage, and probably the construction of a special railway line. I recognise that the matter is worthy of consideration. There is, I understand, some difficulty in obtaining the machinery necessary for such works, but I shall take an early opportunity of consulting with the officers of the Department.

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