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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

Senator McCOLL - I have received the following letter, dated 12th June -

With reference to the question asked in the Senate on the 11th instant by Senator Long, relative to the proposed sale to this Department of the wireless telegraph station at King Island, I am directed to inform yon that no determination has yet been arrived at in the matter. The residents have not stated whether they will accept the conditions under which the Department offered to instal a wireless station on KingIsland.

Senator LONG - I am very thankful to the Minister for the information he has supplied, but may I beg of him, in justice to the people of King Island, to say definitely whether the Government propose to purchase the station at the very much reduced offer? I am sure that the people would be very glad to be relieved one way or another. I think it is the very least they can expect from the Government, in view of the fact that this matter has been before the Minister for six months.

Senator McCOLL - The honorable senator's remarks will be conveyed to the Department.

Senator Long - You promised that you would shake them up.

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