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Wednesday, 3 April 1957

Mr RIORDAN (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - I preface my question, which is directed to the Treasurer, by stating that officers of the Australian Government and the Queensland Government, together with representatives of the International Bank for Reconstruction and

Development, have investigated the request of the Queensland Government for financial assistance to recondition or standardize the railway from Mount isa to Townsville, because of the tremendous mineral development taking place in the Mount IsaCloncurry area. Will the Treasurer arrange for honorable members from both sides of this House to visit the area in question during the winter recess, so that the Parliament may become better informed on the potentialities of this vulnerable area, and the desirability of the proposed standardization for defence and developmental reasons? As one Queenslander to another, I hope the Treasurer will not let Queensland down.

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