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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Is it true that in 1949 the Commonwealth entered into an agreement with the South Australian Government, under which the Commonwealth agreed to meet about 70 per cent, of the cost of standardizing the South Australian railway system? When did the Premier of South Australia begin to press the Commonwealth to carry out its obligation under the agreement? What practical steps has Sir Thomas Playford taken to have the project commenced, by way of surveys, estimates of cost and other necessary preliminaries? Have any steps been taken to reach agreement with the Silverton Tramway Company to enable the standardization of the Broken Hill to Port Pirie line to be completed, and, if so, with what result? If agreement is not reached with this company, will the Commonwealth Government take up with the New South Wales Government the matter of an alternate route from Broken Hill to Cockburn, in order that the standardization of the line may be completed?

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