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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator CHAPMAN (South Australia) . - I endorse what Senator Needham has said as to the need for telephonic communication between Adelaide and Perth. Similar communication has been established between Adelaide and Brisbane. I trust it will not be long before the Adelaide-Perth telephone is an accomplished fact. I should like also to direct attention to the disabilities suffered by settlers on the western side of Spencer Gulf, where approximately one-fifth of the wheat produced in South Australia is grown. I spoke on this subject about twelve months ago. The Minister treated the matter sympathetically and gave instructions to push on with the work, with the result that to-day about one-half of that district is linked up by telephone with Adelaide, but there is still a considerable area without telephonic facilities.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What is the population of Eyre Peninsula?

Senator CHAPMAN - I cannot give the population offhand, but. the district has developed during the last fifteen years to such an extent that it now produces one-fifth of the wheat grown in South Australia. At present only one third of the land on the Peninsula is under cultivation, but the population is sufficiently large to justify telephonic communication with the capital. I ask the Minister to push on with this connexion as far as Fowler's Bay.

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