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Thursday, 8 December 1938

Mr COLLINS (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) -As I was unable at times to hear the statement just concluded by the Minister for the Interior, will he be good enough to inform the House as to the length of the proposed new lines in the Northern Territory and their estimated cost?

Mr McEWEN - The construction of two railway lines was recommended by the Payne-Fletcher Committee, one from Dajarra, in Queensland, to Rankine on the Barkly Tableland, a distance of 240 miles, and the other from Wyndham to Mistake Creek, 200 miles. A preliminary estimate of the cost of these lines is £4,000,000. I have indicated that the Government proposes to conduct an aerial survey of the country in the immediate vicinity of those suggested lines, and to give further consideration at a later date to their construction.

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