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Friday, 30 July 1920

Mr JACKSON (BASS, TASMANIA) - I point out that the railway at present does not finish anywhere in particular.

Mr.Riley. - That was because South Australia and Western Australia did not carry out their compact.

Mr JACKSON - However that may be, I oppose this motion, because the removal of the Capital is a matter which may be left over for a number of years, until our financial position is stronger. To make a first loss is sometimes more profitable than to try to recover it by spending millions, as suggested in the present case.

Mr Marr - Not millions.

Mr JACKSON - It is suggested that we should spend £300,000 a year, which would soon amount to millions. Does the honorable member for South Sydney (Mr.Riley) think that the fact that he voted for the transcontinental railway, and for the grant to Tasmania, will cause me to vote for a proposal which I regard as a wrong one?

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