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Wednesday, 23 November 1938


Mr Prowse e asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Are perishable goods being carried on the transcontinental railway from Port Pirie to Kalgoorlie on passenger trains at goods freight rates?

2.   Is this practice continuing despite the provision of express goods trains additional to ordinary goods trains?

3.   Is it a fact that the Commonwealth railway authorities have considered that the accelerated transcontinental passenger service cannot suitably cater for the carriage of goods traffic on passenger trains?

4.   If the answer to paragraph 1 is in the affirmative, in the light of the effect of this action upon the Western Australian Government Railways and Western Australian producers, is it an unreasonable discrimination between States?

5.   Will he ensure that goods traffic carries the rates of freight appropriate to passenger train transit when so conveyed?


Mr McEwen (INDI, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The Commonwealth Railways Commissioner accepts a restricted quantity of perishable goods for conveyance on passenger trains at goods rates, and this practice has been in operation for a number of years.

2.   The quantity of goodsso conveyed has been curtailed very considerably since the introduction of the fast passenger service, and the transport at present is confined practically to perishable fruit traffic.

3.   Yes.

4.   Perishables are given the fastest possible transit in the interests and at the request of Western Australian consumers. The question of unreasonable discrimination between the States does not arise as if desired it would apply in the transit of such consignments from Western Australia. The fruit-growers and the greengrocersof Kalgoorlie have recently expressed to the Commissioner their sincere appreciation of the facilities provided, and only this month the Kalgoorlie Municipal Council carried a resolution urging the Commissioner to accept an increased quantity of fruit for conveyance by passenger train.

5.   The matter is one of management under the Commonwealth Railways Act 1917-1936, and the practice is consistent with the provisions of that act.

Wireless Broadcasting: Sessions in Foreign Languages.


Mr Forde e asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Will he ascertain whether any broadcasting stations are giving daily sessions in foreign languages ?

2.   If such sessions are given over the air, will he take steps to have them stopped?


Mr Archie Cameron - The answerto the honorable member's questions is as follows : - 1 and 2. When this matter was investigated recently it was ascertained that no such sessions were being held. If there had been any they would have been immediately stopped. Further inquiries will be made.

Defence : Anti-submarine Exercises - Imports of Materials.


Mr McCall l asked the Minister for Defence, uponnotice - 1.Is it the intention of the Government to ask the British Navy to lend Australia a modern submarine next year, when the antisubmarine school is established in Sydney?

2.   If so, will the submarine become a permanent addition to the Royal Australian Navy?

3.   Is it proposed to seek the co-operation of yachtsmen in all States in forming antisubmarine schools, or is such co-operation to be limited to Sydney?


Mr Street - The answers to the honorable members questions are as follows: -

1.   It is hoped to arrange for a submarine to visit Australia next year, when the opportunity will be taken to carry out antisubmarine exercises with units of the Royal Australian Navy.

2.   No.

3.   The anti-submarine school is being established at Sydney and it is intended to raise the necessary force there.


Mr Street t. - On the 22nd November, the honorable member for Maribyrnong (Mr. Drakeford) asked the Minister for Defence the following question, upon notice : -

Will he furnish the House with the total value of imports of arms and munitions and all materials associated with the defence of Australia, excluding cruisers, for the years 1931-32 to 1937-38, showing each year separately?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member as follows: -

 

Manufacture of Aeroplanes in Australia.


Mr Forde asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

Has the Government yet come to a decision on the proposal put forward by Mr. Stuart Doyle on behalf of an English company regarding the manufacture of aeroplanes in Australia?


Mr Thorby y. - No. The position is still as set out in the replies furnished to the honorable member on the 19th October and the 4th November.







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