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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . --The amount of £68,000 is required to cover the estimated expenditure during the present financial year on a certain programme of works. Services, in the nature of improvements to stock routes, water supplies, and "roads, other than roads in the townships of Darwin and Alice Springs, have been provided for under the votes for developmental services and assistance and development of the metalliferous mining industry. Revotes in respect of uncompleted works at the 30th June, 193C, totalled £17,470 in the northern section, including £8,000 for the dredging of the Darwin harbour, £7,098 for a bituminous road to the aerodrome at Darwin, and other small amounts, of which the largest is £1,136 for the Timber Creek police station. In the southern section, the revotes are all of small amounts, the largest being £1,736 for the Conistan police station. The new items in the northern section include the construction of Commonwealth offices at Darwin, £6,500; construction of new kitchen at Government House, Darwin, £600; erection of concrete wall, enclosing the Darwin gaol, £5,000 ; construction of a new office for the Administrator, £1,400; new aboriginal compound, £6,050; new police stations at Wave Hill, £2,800, Brooks Creek, £2,300, and Roper River, £2,800 ; electric light installations at Katherine, Tenn ant's Creek, and Pine Creek hospitals,. £1,350; reclamation and draining of swamp near the Darwin aerodrome, £1,800 ; and £26,649 towards the cost of the Darwin water supply. At Alice Springs, the new works include a gaol, £8,500; hospital, appurtenances and equipment, £26,000; and housing, £3,500. The total in respect of revotes and new services is £122,740, of which it is estimated that £54,740 will remain unexpended, leaving a balance of £68,000. It is very difficult to make an estimate in connexion with the Northern Territory because, during the wet season of the year, it is impossible to proceed with any works.

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