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Friday, 5 May 1939

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - Has the Minister for Defence seen the statement in the Sydney Daily Telegraph of the 18th April by Mr. A. C. Fewtrell, who is described as chief engineer of the New South Wales railways and senior engineering officer of the Australian army, that in time of war the railway break of gauge at State borders will not disturb traffic ? Can he say whether Mr. Fewtrell is the senior engineering officer of the Australian army, and whether he is authorized to speak for the army? Further, will he state whether army officers advising the Government in relation to the standardization of railway gauges agree with Mr. Fewtrell, and, if so, what are the names of such officers?

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