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Friday, 24 November 1911


Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - The honorable senator mentioned in the chamber that he was given to understand that, since the printing of the letters which appear in the parliamentary paper, the Premier of South Australia had communicated with the Commonwealth Government on the question of uniform gauge, and that the letter had not been printed. I have had inquiries made at the Prime Minister's office and the Home Affairs Department. No trace can be found of any letter having been received from the Premier of South Australia since the parliamentary paper was printed. I did not understand the honorable senator to say at the time that a letter had been received from the Premier of Victoria.


Senator McCOLL - I am not quite sure. I wanted to know whether a communication had been received during the last month.


Senator PEARCE - I made no inquiry on that point. No letter has been received by either of the Departments I mentioned since the parliamentary paper was printed.







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