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Wednesday, 29 June 1921


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - An item of £50 is provided for the " Federal Territory railway (Queanbeyan- Canberra)." Are we to understand that this represents the working expenses of that line for the period covered by the Bill? An amount of £29,000 is provided for the working expensesof the KalgoorliePort Augusta railway for the sameperiod, and £3,100 is set down for the working expenses of the railway from Darwin to the Katherine River, in the Northern Territory. A small item of £75 appears in connexion with the Port

Augusta-Oodnadatta line, but that is to meet the Commonwealth's proportion of the charges in connexion with the Port Augusta, railway station. If this item of £50 covers the working expenses of the line in the Federal Capital Territory, is it to be taken as a manifestation of great economy, or is it that the railway is not operated very frequently?







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