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Thursday, 25 June 1914

Senator RAE asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1   . Ishe aware that the weakest link in. the railway system, from a defence stand-point, is tbe liability of the Hawkesbury River railway bridge to destruction by an hostile force from the sea?

2.   Has he or his predecessors received any report from military experts bearing upon this matter ?

3.   If such reports bear out the contention as to the strategic weakness of the New South Wales railway system in that respect, will ho communicate with the Government of the State of New South Wales, with a view to cooperation between the two Governments in the construction of a loop-line striking the Hawkesbury River at a higher level than the present line?

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