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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN (EdenMonaro) (Postmaster-General) . - The £23,000 to which the honorable member refers is the New South Wales contribution to the construction of the proposed line. The increase has been brought about by the enhanced price of copper wire. Last year, when tenders were invited for the work, it was found chat its cost would be verv much in excess of the vote of which Parliament had approved. Consequently the undertaking was not proceeded with". This year every arrangement has been made for the carrying out of the work immediately the necessary funds for the purpose have been voted.

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