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Friday, 13 November 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the new time-table over the Trans- Australian railway is causing considerable dissatisfaction in Western Australia, so far as the service from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta is concerned?

2.   Is it a fact that two trains are to leave Kalgoorlie on consecutive days, and one train for the other five days?

3.   Why cannot the time-table which operated when three trains were run weekly, before the depression, be reverted to, namely, leaving Kalgoorlie on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays ?

4.   Why is the service from the Eastern States to Western Australia operated on alternate days, thus providing much more convenience than the service from Western Australia?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Minister for the Interior has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Nocomplaints have been receivedby the CommonwealthRail ways Commissioner, although it has been noticed that adverse comments have appeared in the Western Australian press.

2.   Yes.

3.   The State railways concerned declined to agree.

4.   The Commonwealth Railways Commissioner proposed the restoration of the timetable in operation previous to the reduction to two trains weekly. South Australia and Western Australia agreed in regard to the westward 'bound trains, but failed to agree in regard to the eastward bound trains. A number of different proposals was submitted to the States by the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner, providing for alternate departure days, but the time- table to commence on the 23rd November . provides for the only days of running acceptable to the two State Railway Administrations concerned.

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