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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator REID (Queensland) .- I am gratified to learn that the Commonwealth railways are paying not only working expenses, but also something towards interest on capital cost. I congratulate the commissioner and his staff on having reached that position. I should like to know if the Government is pushing on with the extension of the 4-ft. 8^-in. gauge line from Port Augusta to Red Hill, and if the South Australian Government has begun to lay the third rail from Red Hill to Adelaide. Honorable senators will recollect that the Commonwealth Government agreed with the South Australian Government to build a railway from Port Augusta to. Red Hill, and the South Australian Government agreed to lay a third rail from Red Hill to Adelaide. Under that arrangement, overseas passengers travelling by the EastWest railway will make their journey in greater comfort, and will not be obliged to change from the comfortable transcon tinental train into inconvenient trains between Port Augusta and Adelaide.

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