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Thursday, 28 May 1914

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs been called to the following telegram in the Melbourne Herald of 25th May-

Adelaide, Monday. - News has reached Port Augusta of the tragic deaths of J. Findley and M.Killeen, employed by a contractor for the erection of telegraph lines in connexion with the trans-Australian railway. They set out on a railway trolley to their work, and nothing more was heard of them until their remains were found yesterday on the track with pieces of the tricycle. Apparently an engine had run them down on Saturday evening.

If so, will the Minister inform the Senate whether these men were in the employ of the Commonwealth Government, and met their death during the execution of their duty, and whether the provisions of the' Commonwealth Workmen's Compensation Act apply?

Senator McCOLL - I have not seen the paragraph in question, and know nothing of the incident of which the honorable senator has just informed the Senate, hut I shall have an inquiry made, and advise the honorable senator as to the result.

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