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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

Under the new schedule, children's fares have been revised. Formerly juveniles between three and fourteen years of age travelled at half fare, and all under three years free. In future only children under twelve years will be granted half fare, while passengers travelling with more than one child under three years will be required to pay a quarter faro for the second child.

If the various Governments of Australia are able to manage about 20,000 miles of railway lines, build their own rollingstock, and develop their territories by railway communication, surely the Commonwealth could easily construct and manage a line of passenger and freight steamers between the mainland and Tasmania. I trust that one result of the action taken by our colleagues from Tasmania will be that in the course of a very few months, when we have a Government in office pledged to the proposal I am referring to, the determination of the Hobart Labour Conference will be respected, and Ministers will see the wisdom, for the sake of the producers and the people on the mainland, of giving effect to the wishes of honorable gentlemen who have so frequently and ably upheld the best interests of Tasmania.







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