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Thursday, 24 November 1921

Senator WILSON - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Works and. Railways if the necessary provision will be made on the East-West railway to protect pastoralists and others against fires due to sparks from the engines of trains running through that country? May I add that I have just received a communication, in which it appears that train staffs have received instructions that they are not to go away from the railway line, and once they have put out fires likely to result in the burning of sleepers, their duty is completed, and they board the train again and proceed on their way? I desire the Minister to see that every necessary provision shall be made to prevent fires along the line.

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