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Thursday, 22 April 1915

Senator BUZACOTT (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   The number of men employed in the TrafficBranch of the trans-Australian railway on 31st March, 1915-

(a)   Kalgoorlie end,

2.   Revenue collected for fares and freights tor three months ending 31st March, 1915 - 3. (a) Is it a factthat recently a truck of metal destined for the culvert Rang was transhipped from the State truck into a wide-gauge truck, and was not cleared by the Traffic Branch for three days, despite the fact that the gang above mentioned were waiting for the material?

(b)   That trucks labelled "urgent" by the Construction Branch havebeen left in the yard by the Traffic Branch ?

Senator RUSSELL - The answers are - 1. (a) 50.

(b)   56.

2.   The returns of revenue for March, 1915, are now en route from Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta. The particulars for the three months ended 28th February, 1915, are as follow : -

(b)   Public traffic, Port Augusta, £2,387 l1s. 5d.

3.   I am advised by the Minister of Home Affairs that he has no knowledge of this matter, but inquiries are being made.

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