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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I desire to ask the Minister a question, and I do not want any one to think that I am moved by a feeling of jealousy. I am merely seeking information. I direct attention to the very great discrepancy in the votes asked under the heads of New South Wales and Victoria for " metallic circuits in existing single wire networks," namely, £16,900 and £126,500. I take it that it is intended to adopt the metallic circuit pretty generally. I take no exception to the amount required for the improvement of the Victorian system', but it would seem to me to suggest either that they are very much behindhand in New South Wales, or that for some reason it is not intended to carry out the work there as expeditiously as in Victoria. There is such a marked discrepancy between the two votes that it arrested my attention at once, and I would like the Minister to explain the matter.

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