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Thursday, 17 November 1927

Proposed Railway to Barkly Tableland

Debate resumed from 29th September (vide page 84) on motion by Senator Foll -

1.   That the Senate is of opinion that it is essential for the proper development of Northern Australia that a railway should be constructed from north to south, which would connect the western portions of New South Wales and Queensland with the Barkly Tableland and other portions of Northern Australia.

2.   That the Senate is further of opinion that the Commonwealth Government should immediately call a conference of representatives of the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Queensland Governments, the Northern Australia Commission, and the Development and Migration Commission, with a view to apportioning the expense of constructing such a line.

3.   That, in view of the fact that the recent terrific losses in sheep owing to drought conditions would have been greatly minimized had such a line been in existence, the Senate is also of opinion that the Commonwealth Government should treat the matter as an urgent one.

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