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Thursday, 23 March 1961

Mr OPPERMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I am quite aware of the interest which the honorable member has in this standardization project. All South Australian members of the Parliament are interested in it, and many of them have been most diligent in asking questions about it.

Mr Ward - All Australians are interested in it.

Mr OPPERMAN - Well, we shall include all Australians. But this project is particularly close to South Australians, and I am sure that the honorable member for East Sydney will not object to my saying that South Australian members of this Parliament have displayed a very great interest in the proposal. As the honorable member for Grey knows, the standardization of the railway from Port Pirie to Broken Hill was mentioned in the Prime Minister's announcement about the priorities that would be given to various works which were projected. There has since been intruded a legal move which makes the matter sub judice, but I think I would be safe in saying by way of comment that the writ which has been issued has perhaps put a spike into the standardization of the line from Port Pirie to Broken Hill.

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