Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Thursday, 3 November 1910

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) .- The Vice-President of the Executive Council has given us an opportunity to allude to one or two matters by his reference to clause 18, in which he pointed out how that explains the operation of. clause 12.

Senator McGregor - Nothing of the kind. 1 only made those remarks in reference to something to which honorable senators had referred.

Senator CHATAWAY - The honorable senator stated that if we wanted an explanation regarding certain questions which we had raised, we should turn to clauses 17 and 18. Clause 18 reads -

Until other provision is made in that behalf by the Parliament, the Commonwealth, in the construction, maintenance, and working, of any railways required or authorized by this Act to be acquired or constructed in South Australia proper, shall be' bound by the Railway Construction Acts of the State and the laws relating to the State railways to the same extent as the State would be so bound if the railways were being constructed, maintained, or worked, by the State, but not to any greater extent.

We are entitled to know whether the Government propose to give effect to this agreement at an early or a distant date?

Senator McGregor - As soon as possible, after the Bill is passed.

Senator CHATAWAY - I think it will be absolutely impossible for the next sitting of Parliament to begin before July or August next. During the recess, and for a- month or two afterwards, the officials and the general business of the Territory must be regulated by Acts of the Parliament of South Australia. I remind the Minister that one of the most evil things to be found in this agreement is contained in paragraph / of clause 1. Under the paragraph -

The Commonwealth .... shall .... give and continue to give to the State and its citizens equal facilities at least in transport of goods and passengers on the Fort Augusta rail way to those provided by the State Government at the present time and at rates not exceeding those at present in force.

Suggest corrections