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Wednesday, 17 June 1914


Senator RAE asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice - 1.Referring to the reply on the 10th June to a question by SenatorRae regarding-the progress on the Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie railway, is it a fact that the plate-laying machine is capable of laying sleepers and rails at the rate of a mile every working day?

2.   If so, does not the Minister's statement, that 12 miles 554 chains, laid between the 30th April and the 30th May, is the greatest length ever covered in any one month on this line, prove that this costly machine is lying idle more than half its time?

3.   Is there any difficulty in finding sufficient labour to keep the work of formation reasonably well ahead of the plate-laying?

4.   If not, why is such labour not obtained?







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