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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) .- I wish to ask the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs whether he can inform me what was the total amount paid to Mr. Teesdale Smith for embankments on contract work on the line from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie. I desire, also, to refer to the answers which I received yesterday to a question that I put relative to the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. I should be much better pleased if the Minister, instead of giving me misleading information, would refrain from supplying any information whatever. I do not say that the honorable senator is responsible for the misleading information of which I complain; but the answers given recently to a question on the same subject by Senator Grant were evasive, while the answers given yesterday to the questions which I put - and put in a way that rendered it impossible to evade them - are, I believe, quite incorrect. The answer to one question does not fit in with that given to another. The reply to the first of the series that I put was that the machine to which I referred was not there for the purpose of making turbines. In the next answer the statement was made that the machine was there, but that the process would be slow, as the class of turbines mentioned was of a different character. As a matter of fact, it is not; it is only the gearing that is different. I trust that the Minister will direct his officers to supply proper answers to my questions.

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