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Thursday, 17 November 1938

Sir FREDERICK STEWART - As ethics have no part in the make-up of the honorable member for Denison (Mr. Mahoney), he would not understand my reasons if I gave them. As the Minister for the Interior stated, the 'Commonwealth Government has been chiefly responsible for the only two works that have been put in baud to implement the 1921 report of the Royal Commission on Railway Gauges. He referred to the construction of the Kyogle to South Brisbane line and the Port Augusta to Port Pirie line. I was rather surprised that he did not dwell a little longer on the part that the Commonwealth Government had taken in the construction of the Kyogle to South Brisbane line. The plain fact is that certain States are still delinquents in connexion with that work, in that they are not bearing their share of the cost of it.

Mr Martens - What States are they?

Sir FREDERICK STEWART - Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. I also recall that when this subject was revived in 1934, and it was suggested that many of our unemployed men could be put to useful work on railway gauge standardization enterprises, the greatest difficultyI encountered, in endeavouring to secure an agreement, was with the Victorian Government, which wa3 unwilling to fall into line with the other State governments. Fair play to the Commonwealth Government demands that these facts should be made public.

Mr Barnard - Has any honorable member suggested that the whole of the. blame rests upon the Commonwealth Government?

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