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Thursday, 2 August 1934

Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL (Warringah) (Postmaster-General) . - This work is a continuation of one which has been in progress since 1931-32, and will provide employment for a large number of men. There still remain approximately 350miles of railway to be ballasted. Ballasting ensures faster and more comfortable running of trains, and a saving in the maintenance of the track and of rolling-stock. It gives a greater margin of safety, and guards against interruption of traffic in the event of heavy rainfall. The amount to be spent on this work is £58,700.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Proposed votes- Postmaster-General's Department, £244,000; Territories of the Commonwealth, £183,200, agreed to.

Motion (by Mr. Casey) agreed to -

That there be granted to His Majesty to the service of the year1 934-35 for the purposes of additions, new works, buildings, &c, asum not exceeding £1,259,270.

Resolution reported.

Standing Orders suspended; resolution adopted.

Resolution of Ways and Means, founded on resolution of Supply, reported and adopted.

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