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Wednesday, 20 May 1914

Senator RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - I wish to ask the Minister representing the Minister of External Affairs a question without notice. There appears in this morning's newspaper a notification that the Government intend to construct a railway from Pine Creek to the Katherine River on the small contract, butty-gang, and day-labour system. I wish to know whether that announcement is an indication that it is the intention of the Government to abandon the system of letting contracts for the construction of public works, with or without tenders being called ?

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