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Friday, 29 October 1920

Mr HECTOR LAMOND (Illawarra) . - I wish to draw attention to an important matter that may probably come up for consideration at the next Premiers' Conference. I refer to the establishment of a uniform railway gauge throughout the Commonwealth. There are a great many difficulties surrounding this question which are now being dealt with by the engineering experts of the various railway systems, but I have not been able to ascertain whether consideration has been given to the possibility of linking up the coastal railways of Victoria and New South Wales, which would afford the readiest and cheapest means of securing a standard gauge at the earliest date between Melbourne and Brisbane. I am informed that an expenditure of about £3,500,000 would fill the gaps in the coastal system of the three States, between Brisbane and Melbourne. These are lines which must necessarily be constructed before very long, and the amount of expenditure involved would be but a small fraction of what will eventually be required for the purpose of unifying the gauges of the lines at present being operated between the two capitals.

Mr.Groom. - I have noted the honorable member's remarks.

Mr Gabb - I call attention to the state of the House.

A quorumnot being present,

Mr. Speakeradjournedthe House at 3.50 p.m.

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