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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

Senator MAUGHAN - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister of Trade and Customs been drawn to the following paragraph which recently appeared in the Melbourne Herald: -

Lighthouses to be built. Schooners leave for scene. Active constructional work on the Queensland coast is about to be entered upon by the Federal Lighthouse Branch. The schooner Alcairo, 75 tons, recently purchased by the Federal authorities, leaves Williamstown to-day for Sydney, to be altered and repaired, prior to being employed in lighthouse building in the north. The Forbes Brothers, another schooner, takes her departure from Sydney today on a similar mission.

Does the honorable senator know anything about this business? Has the newly-appointed Inspector of Lighthouses recommended the purchase of these schooners for the purpose ? Having regard to the character of the work, will the honorable senator ask the Minister of Trade and Customs whether steamers, instead of sailing vessels, should not have been purchased by the Government ?

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