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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - I am anxious to know what progress is being made with the construction of the Kyogle to South Brisbane railway. I understand there has been some difficulty in commencing the construction of a bridge over the Clarence River. The New South Wales Government has been promising to commence this necessary work, but up to the present very little has been done. It is essential that the completion of the bridge should synchronize with the completion of the railway, and I trust that if the New South Wales Government has not yet made a start pressure will be brought upon it by the federal authorities, so that the opening of the line may not be unnecessarily delayed. I join with other honorable senators in expressing appreciation of the manner in which the Commonwealth railways, particularly the east-west line, are being conducted. The Commonwealth Railways Commissioner has indulged in some self-congratulation by quoting the opinion of world-wide travellers I can, from personal experience, endorse all that he has said. On a journey to Perth I happened to be in company with an American globe-trotter, and incidentally remarked that the eastwest line provided the best service of any railway in Australia. He replied, "I have travelled the world, and know of nothing better anywhere." That is sufficient to show that, in the opinion of that gentleman, at least, the remarks of the commissioner are fully justified.

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