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Friday, 20 July 1917

Mr WATT - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The expenditure which was incurred was in connexion with the supply of water in exceptionally dry country for the working of the Kalgoorlie-Port Augusta railway, which is being constructed under Act 7 of 1911.

2.   The apparatus is covered by patents, and pending the publication of same the patentee is not disposed to announce the details. The rainfall in the locality of the experiments has been approximately 50 per cent, more than normal, and it is claimed that it has been stimulated to this extent by Mr. Balsillie's process. The question of rainfall in arid country is one of such vast importance to Australia that it is considered desirable to continue the experiments.

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