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Wednesday, 25 August 1937


Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government received a recent communication from the Government of Western Australia expressing its desire to negotiate an agreement with the Federal Government for the standardization of the railway gauge from Kalgoorlie to Fremantle?

2.   If not, will the Government give early and favorable consideration to the urgent need of communicating with the Government of Western Australia suggesting that negotiations be commenced between the two governments for the satisfactory completion of such an agreement?


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows: -

1.   No.

2.   Consideration will be given to the question of communicating with the Government of Western Australia concerning the standardizationof the railway gauge between Kalgoorlie and Fremantle.


Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   What is the completed mileage of the standard gauge Commonwealth railway extension from Port Augusta to Port Pirie, South Australia?

2.   What was the contract price for the completion of this extension?

3.   What was the completed mileage and contract price of the South Australian railway extension from Red Hill to Port Pirie?


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The information is being obtained.







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