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Thursday, 23 November 1911

I received to-day in an envelope from your office, and without memorandum of any kind, a document which purports to be a copy of our joint report on the transcontinental railway survey, but this document does not contain a copy of my dissent which was attached to the original report, and I shall feel very much obliged if you can send me the same, so that it may be placed along with the rest of the documents for transmission to my Government.

I have no doubt that the omission of what, to this State, is an important item of the report, was entirely an oversight ; and I shall be glad to have your assurance that the original of that dissent was in due course forwarded by Mr. Deane to the Federal Government.

His dissent reads -

On behalf of the South Australian Government I dissent from the adoption of the 4-ft. 84-in. gauge for the final estimate for this railway, because my Government objects to an arrangement which involves three breaks of gauge between Perth and Adelaide.

Senator Lynch - Apparently that was the opinion of his Government - not his own opinion.

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