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Tuesday, 10 August 1926

Senator J B HAYES (Tasmania) . - I think we are all agreed that better roads are a pressing need. In my State, we have built a considerable length of light roads out of loan moneys, and we are now facing a huge interest bill on that expenditure. Unfortunately, we are unable to maintain our roads efficiently for modern traffic. Methods of transport have entirely changed since most of our roads were constructed. Roads 12 feet wide and with 9 inches of metal were good enough for the class of traffic that went over them several years ago; but with the improvement in road transport systems, it is necessary now to have wider and more expensive highways. When the Commonwealth scheme was announced, I welcomed it. I understand now, from a reply given by the Minister to a question which I asked, that the Government will allow Tasmania to spend 75 per cent. of its allocation in reconstruction of existing roads.

Federal Aid[10 August, 1926.] Roads Bill. 5131

Senator Crawford - The bill provides that 75 per cent. of the amount allocated may be utilized in the reconditioning of roads.

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