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Thursday, 8 December 1938

Mr PRICE (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister aware that there is in existence an agreement entered into between the State of South Australia and the Commonwealth that a railway line shall be constructed between Oodnadatta and Darwin? Is he aware that lines have been constructed from Oodnadatta to Alice Springs and from Pine Creek to Birdum, and that there is a gap of 580 miles still to be bridged? When aerial surveys of the proposed new railway routes are undertaken, will he also take into consideration the desirability of undertaking an aerial survey of the country between Alice Springs and Birdum with a view to the construction of a line between those towns?

Mr McEWEN - I have heard that there is such an agreement in existence as that referred to by the honorable member ; I know that the two railway lines to which he referred have been constructed ; I know also that there is a gap of the approximate length mentioned by the honorable member between the two railheads. It is not the intention of the Government to conduct an aerial survey over that route.

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