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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator RUSSELL - The answers are - 1 and 2. The New South Wales Government has been repeatedly urged by letter and in interviews to transfer to the Commonwealth Government sovereign rights over the catchment areas of the Queanbeyan and Molonglo Rivers, and although some of the State Ministers were understood to verbally express themselves as willing to favorably consider the matter, the Commonwealth has not yet been able to secure definite action to that end.-

3.   A plan prepared by the Departmental Board was definitely approved by Hon. King

O'Malley, when Minister for Home Affairs, and surveys of the lay-out of the eity in accordance therewith were in progress, with a view to street formation and other works being proceeded with. The late Government stopped the work, and arranged for Mr. Griffin, the author of the first premiated design, to visit Canberra, with a view to the amendment and adoption of his design, in place of the approved one. Mr. Griffin desired further surveys, which have been made, and his finished amended plan is awaited, when urgent consideration of its merits will he given.

4.   See No. 3.

5.   Additional assistance is being given and expedition urged. 6 and 7. Eventually such a line will bo constructed; but as the Commonwealth has to make the line within its Territory, and the State do the rest, it is a matter for joint consideration.

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