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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr JOHNSON (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Works and Housing) - I am able to inform the honorable member that arrangements have been completed for the provision of an extra regular passenger train each week to and from Western Australia, commencing from Melbourne on Thursday, the 25th July, and from Perth' on Monday, the 29th July. This has been made possible by the withdrawal of a regular military personnel train service. Concession fares were discontinued as the result of a decision by the various Railways Commissioners in 1941, because of. the heavy traffic on the railways at that time. I see no reason why the concession should not be restored, and I have instructed the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner to raise the matter ' at the next conference . of Railways Commissioners.

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