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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Mr GREENE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I thought that the Minister might be in a position to inform the Senate for what pur-' pose the surveys are being undertaken, and when we are likely to have a report.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland, Minister for Defence) [5.45]. - The surveys referred to by the honorable senator are trial surveys, which are necessary before the commission can formulate any proposal. The commission deemed it advisable to have this work put in hand; but it does not necessarily follow that any railways, if constructed, will be along the route of the trial surveys. I knew that the work mentioned by Senator Greene was being undertaken, because the proposal came from the commission while I was Minister for Home and Territories, and arrangements were then made with the "Works and Railways Department to send out a survey party to make trial surveys.

Mr GREENE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is there any objection to stating what the surveys are?

Senator Sir William Glasgow - I am afraid I cannot tell the honorable senator at this stage, as we have not received a report from the commision.

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