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Tuesday, 22 November 1938


Mr McEwen n. - On the 9th November, 1938, the honorable member for Maribyrnong (Mr. Drakeford) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   What authority is responsible for the design construction, and cost of the houses provided at places on the Commonwealth railway line in South, Central and Western Australian territories for those employed in tha railway service?

2.   How many houses other than single or double tent houses have been provided for persons employed by the Commonwealth Railways Department on (a) the Port PirieKalgoorlie line, and (b) the Fort Augusta- Alice Springs line?

3.   At what places, have they been provided?

4.   How many have been provided at each place i.

5.   By what authority have they been provided ?

C.   What is the nature of the accommodation and conveniences of the houses at each place?

7.   What is the cost of each of these houses?

S.   What is thu amount payable for each of these houses for (a) rent, (6) water, (c) sanitation, and ((2) other charges?

9.   On what basis are (a) rent, and (6) other charges fixed?

The information desired by the honorable member is as follows : -

1.   The Commonwealth Railways Commissioner, under the provisions of the Commonwealth Railways Act 1917-1930. A large number of the houses, however, were erected by the South Australian Government, prior to the transfer of the Oodnadatta Railway under the Northern Territory Acceptance Act. Many other houses have been acquired by the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner under statutory provisions.

2. («.) ISO; (6) 80.

3 and 4 -

Port Pirie - Six "Solemit" construction - live rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water, electric light, septic tank. Cost £81 fi each. Rental £1 a week, including water and sanitation.

Port Germein - Four weatherboard, five rooms, with conveniences similar to Port Pirie, excluding electric light and septic tank. Cost £709 each. Rental 13s. 10d. a week, plus ls. a week water charge.

Winninowie - Four weatherboard, particulars similar to Port Germein.

Mambray Creek - Four weatherboard, particulars similar to Port Germein.

Stirling North - Two, one " Solemit " and one stone and iron, each live rooms with bathrooms, laundry, reticulated water. Cost " Solemit " £S9S, other not available. Rentals £1 and 14s. a week respectively, plus Cd. a week water charge.

Port Augusta - Ninety-four dwellings of stone, stone and weatherboard, weatherboard, and galvanized iron. Bathrooms, laundries, reticulated water, electric light. Total capital cost £60,255. Rentals under 10s. a week, twelve; 10s. to 15s. a week, 31; over 16s. to 20s. a week, 43; over 20s. a week, 7. Sanitation ls. 3d. a week, water charges, 3jd. a week where connected with State supply for minimum of 0,000 gallons, and 2s. Cd. a 1,000 in excess of 0,000 gallons. For connexions with departmental supply, (is. Od. a half-year up to 2,500 gallons, and 2s. Od. a 1,000 in excess of 2.500 gallons. (Stationmaster occupies residence rent free).

Tarecola - Twenty-two; twenty weatherboard of uniform type, four rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water. Cost £640 each. Rental 12s. 4d. a week; plus water (id., and sanitation ls. 3d. a week. One weatherboard five rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water. Cost £957, occupied by roadmaster rent free. One concrete, four rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water. Cost £1,177. Rental* 14s. Cd. r week, plus water 6d.. and ls. 3d. a week sanitation.

Cook - Twenty -one; twenty weatherboard of uniform type, four rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water. Cost £671 each. Rental Us. lOd. a week, plus water 0d., and ls. 3d. n week sanitation. One weatherboard, four rooms, bathroom,, laundry, reticulated water. Cost £902, occupied by roadmaster rent free.

Rawlinna - Nineteen weatherboard of uniform type, four rooms, reticulated water. Cost £532. 'Rental 10s. 10id. a week, water Gd., and sanitation ls. a week.

Parkeston - Four weatherboard and wood and iron, four, five and six rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water, septic tank. Total capital cost £1,S07. Rentals Cs. 2£d. and Us. a week. Two occupied by stationmaster and roadmaster rent free, no water or sanitation charges.

Woolshed Flat - Four stone, three and five rooms, laundry two, reticulated water. Cost not available. Rentals two at 4s. Od. and two at 10s. a week, plus water 6d. a week.

Quorn - Thirteen weatherboard and stone, four and six rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water, electric light two. Cost not available. Rentals ten at 12s. a week and one at 21s. 7d. a week, plus Cd. water and ls. a week sanitation. Remaining two occupied by roadmaster rent free and stationmaster at £10 per annum.

Wilochra - Six stone, three and four rooms, laundry. Cost not available. Rentals four at 5s. 3d. a week and two at lis. 9d. a week. No water or sanitation charges.

Wilson - One stone, five rooms, laundry, reticulated water. Cost not available. Occupied by caretaker rent free.

Hawker - Six; five stone, four rooms, laundry. Cost not available. Rental 6s. 9d. a week. No water or sanitation charges. One stone, five rooms, bathroom, laundry. Cost not available. Occupied by stationmaster at £10 per annum.

Merna Morna - Five stone, three and four rooms, laundry. Cost not available. Rentals 3s. to (is. a week, water charge (one only) Od. a week. No sanitation charge.

Three hundred and thirty-five and a half Miles, Central Australia Railway - Five stone, four with three rooms, one with two rooms, laundry. Cost not available. Rentals four at 3s. a week, one at 2s. a week. No water or sanitation charge.

Parachilna - One stone, five rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water. Cost not available. Occupied by stationmaster at £10 per annum.

Beltana - One, particulars similar to Parachilna.

Copley - One stone, six rooms, other particulars similar to Parachilna.

Three hundred and eighty Miles, Central Australia Railway - Five stone, three with three rooms, two with two rooms, laundry. Cost not available. Rentals three at 3s. a week, two at 2s. No water or sanitation charges.

Lyndhurst - One stone, five rooms, laundry. Cost not available. Rental 5s. a week. No water or sanitation charges.

Three hundred and eighty-three and a half Miles, Central Australia Railway-Five stone, two with three rooms, three with two rooms, laundry. Cost not available. Rentals two at 3s. a week, three at 2s. a week. No water or sanitation charges.

Farina- Seven stone, two to five rooms, laundry. Cost not available.' Rentals three at 2s., two at 4s., one at 10s one occupied by stationmaster at £10 per annum. No water or sanitation charges.

Marree - Eight stone and weatherboard, two to live rooms, bathroom (three), laundry (five), reticulated water. Cost not available. Rentals three at 3s. a week, one at 4s. lid. a week, one at 3s. a week, one at 8s. lid. a week, one at 10s. a week, one at £10 per annum (stationmaster). Water charge 6d. a week, no sanitation charge.

Edwards Creek - One stone, five Tooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water. Cost £999. Occupied by stationmaster at £10 per annum.

Oodnadatta - Six stone and weatherboard, three to seven rooms, bathroom (four), laundry, reticulated water. Two occupied by stationmaster (£10 per annum) and roadmaster rent free. One let to non-employee at 10s. (id. a week, plus 2s. Od. water charge. Remainder vacant. Cost not available.

Rumbalara - One weatherboard, four rooms, bathroom, laundry, reticulated water. Cost not available. Occupied by stationmaster at £10 per annum.

Alice Springs - Three concrete and brick, five rooms, laundry, bathroom, electric light, reticulated water. Cost £2,015 (stationmaster. £10 per annum), two £1,91.0 each. Rental 14s. (id. a week, plus (id. water and 2s. 5id. a week sanitation.

Note. - I. Residences on Central Australia Railway in respect of which construction costs are not available, were provided by South Australia prior to the- Northern Territory Acceptance Act.

II.   Residences are provided to roadmasters, and many of the stationmasters, at free or nominal rentals in conformity, so far as practicable, with tenni and conditions generally applying in Australian railway services.

5.   Sec No. 1.

G, 7 and 8., (a) Rent, (b) water, (c) sanitation, (d) other charges - see Nos. 3 and 4. 9. (a) The general principle is to fix the rentals, as far as practicable, on a basis of a return of 0 per cent, to cover maintenance; (6) water and sanitation charges are fixed, as far as practicable, on the basis of the cost of such services.

Postmaster-General's Department : Verdict Against Investigating Officer.


Mr Archie Cameron n. - On the 8th November, 1938, the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) asked me whether, in view of the fact that a memSer of the public recently obtained a verdict for £100 damages ag.,inst a member of the investigating branch of the PostmasterGeneral's Department, I would institute an investigation into that branch with a view to the adoption by its officers of more satisfactory methods in future. At the time I had not he..rd of the case but I have since perused the. papers relating to this claim for damages. The facts are as follows : -

Thieving from the coin attachments to public telephones was rife in Sydney and officers of the investigating branch were detailed to stop the practice. Usually all officers of the branch are sworn in as special constables, but in this case one of the officers, a new appointee, had not been sworn in. A man who had been acting suspiciously in a telephone box was taken to the police station by a special constable, accompanied by another officer,, who was not a special constable, and charged with interrupting the transmission of a telegraph line. The charge against the alleged offender was dismissed and the defendant brought an action for £1,000 damages against the Commonwealth and the two officers for assault,, assault and false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution. Judgment was entered for the Commonwealth and the officer whowas a special constable on all counts, but judgment was given against the officer who was not a special constable, for assault, and assault and false imprisonment. The powers of an officer who is not a special constable to effect an arrest aTe no greater than those of a. private person. The officer against. whom damages were awarded denies'- that he took any part in the arrest and his denial is corroborated by the officer who is a special constable; but the jury took a different view.. It seems clear that if he had been appointed1 a special constable the result of the case would have been different.

After full consideration of the facts of the case,. I am of opinion that thereare no grounds justifying the institution of an investigation as asked for by the honorable member. In future cases carewill be taken to see that the officers engaged in this class of work are. sworn in as special constables. telephone Accounts.


Mr Archie CAMERON - On the 16th instant, the honorable member for Martin (Mr. McCall) referred to a case in Sydney where a telephone subscriber had been overcharged and subsequently allowed a rebate.

I have since ascertained that the case referred to by the honorable member related to a telephone account for the half-year ended June, 1937, and the overregistration occurred during the month of March, 1937. It was detected during the regular departmental checks instituted at the time, but unfortunately the. officer responsible for seeing that the necessary adjustment was made prior to the .rendering of tho account failed in his duty.

Flight op Bombing Aircraft.


Mr Street t. - On the 18th November, the honorable member for "Maribyrnong (Mr. Drakeford) asked the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   What was the time taken hy the AvroAnson bombers in their recent flight from Darwin to Cloncurry?

2.   What was the time taken by the VickersWellesley bomb era for the journey?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member as follows : -

1.   The Avro Ansons proceeded via Daly Waters and Camooweal where they landed and re-fuelled. The journey occupied 0 hours 35 minutes,' of which 2 hours IS minutes were spent on the .ground re-fuelling at the intermediate StopS

2.   The Vickers-Wellesleys flew direct from Darwin non-stop in Q hours 10 minutes.







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