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Thursday, 17 March 1932

Mr FENTON - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Standard Telephones and Cables (Australasia) Ltd.

2.   £17,865.

3.   £652.

4.   In December, 1930.

5.   The building was erected by the Commonwealth Works Department, and work was commenced on 23rd January, 1931.

6.   22nd April, 1931.

7.   Having regard to the difficulties to bo overcome by the contractors for the station, it is not considered the time occupied in installation and testing is excessive. 8, 9, 10 and 1 1. Difficulty was experienced in the Adelaide Electric Supply Ltd. fulfilling their contract to supply power due to a local franchise claim. This claim is at present sub judice.

12.   No.

13.   The contract for the power supply was let originally to the Adelaide Electric Supply Ltd. No additional cost was involved.

14.   No.

15.   Yes.

16.   The Commonwealth Works Department advise that 8,371 man-hours were worked.

17.   Approximately 10,000 man-hours.

18.   Considering the nature and circumstances of the work, and the fact that other large stations were in course of erection, the delay in installation was not unreasonable. Although the expense of providing a station of the character of that in question is necessarily considerable, the actual cost was the lowest which could be obtained by competitive tender and is considered reasonable.

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