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Wednesday, 27 August 1941

Senator McLEAY - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answer : -

It is not possible to indicate at present when the installation of additional telephone and telegraph channels between Adelaide and Perth can be undertaken for the reason that the War Cabinet in authorizing the project as a defence measure stipulated that the work could be carried out only if it did not interfere with or delay more important defence communication requirements which must be given priority in respect of supplies of essential materials. The position regarding the supply of materials for the Adelaide-Perth proposal is now being examined and the honorable senator may rest assured that the work will bo proceeded with at the earliest possible moment.

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