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Thursday, 16 April 1914

Senator McCOLL - The answers are - 1 to 3. The number of sleepers yet to be supplied is 1,100,000. The contract for powellised karri sleepers entered into with the Western Australian Government was cancelled. Arrangements arc being completed with the Western Australian Government for 500,000 powellised karri sleepers, and at the option of the Commonwealth 500,000 jarrah sleepers, which will only leave about 100,000 to be provided for should the Commonwealth decide to exercise in full the option to purchase the jarrah sleepers fromthe Western Australian Government.

Senator LYNCH - Arising out of the answer to my question, I ask the Minister whether it is true that theFederal Government have loaded the contract referred to with conditions which the Western Australian Government will find it almost impossible to comply with?

Senator McCOLL - I am not aware that such is the case.

Motion (by Senator Lynch) agreed to -

That all papers relating to the letting of the contract to Mr. Teesdale Smith for a section of the. earthworks on the transcontinental railway be laid on the table of the House.

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