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Thursday, 10 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - As I understand it, the complaint arises because of the inconvenient times at which the South Australian Government ran their trains. This caused a difficulty in handling the mails. When the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) returned from England he had to remain in Perth for 24 hours, because there was no train connecting with the boat. The train should depart within an hour or two of the arrival of the mail boat. I do not think the honorable senator is acquainted with the whole of the facts. The Government is trying to remedy the difficulty, so that mails will not be held up for 24 hours or more inFremantle.

Senator Wilson - Senator Rowell may not, have the correct facts, but he has hold of the right end of the stick regarding the extra cost.

Senator RUSSELL - That may be so. There are statements in the newspapers on the subject to-day, but I hope honorable senators will not accept them with- ' out reservation. I will ascertain the whole of the facts and place them before the Senate.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of Health (£9,950) agreed to.

War Services.

Proposed vote, £430,929.

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