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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2105

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. I refer to a recent Press statement attributed to the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner in which he disclosed Federal Government plans for the purchase of a fleet of luxury suburban rail cars, costing millions of dollars, which will bring a boom era in urban rail travel, and also that a national study team has been set up to design new carriages which will be coming off the assembly lines in 4 or 5 years. I do not expect the Minister -

The PRESIDENT - Order! Please ask the question.

Senator JESSOP - I think it is in order to phrase it that way, Mr President, if you do not mind. I ask this question: Does this pre-empt a Government decision concerning the amalgamation of Commonwealth and rural railways? Does it suggest that the Commonwealth will be absorbing urban railways? Who authorised the establishment of this study team? What are the names of the members? How many rail cars have been ordered? What is the anticipated cost? Where are they to be built? Will the Minister table a full and detailed report in the Senate, for the information of honourable senators, before the end of this session?

Senator CAVANAGH - I do not think many senators would expect me to have that knowledge in my head to answer a question without notice. I ask that the question be put on notice.

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