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Friday, 16 July 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - Very little roadmaking, in the sense in which we understand it in the southern part of Australia, is undertaken in the Northern Territory. The expenditure is almost entirely confined to the crossings of rivers and creeks, or sandy patches. In the majority of instances it is carried out by the Works and Railways Department in co-operation with the pastoralists whom the roads will serve. In some cases the pastoralists themselves engage the labour and carry out the work, and they undoubtedly see that it is done economically. In the central portion of Australia the work is carried out mostly by the police, with native labour. It has been found that spinifex makes an excellent crossing, which stands well, whereas a metal crossing would probably be swept away by the first flood. There is no day labour in the true sense of the term in either the north or the centre of the Northern Territory.

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