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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr MENZIES - Our minds have been very much concentrated on the question of the line from Mount Isa to Collinsville. It would be foolish for me to pretend that we directed our attention to anything else, because this is the major proposal. The financing of it has presented great difficulties, and has involved very lengthy negotiations both here and elsewhere. We have made this offer, which I think will be regarded as by no means ungenerous, because we believe that the rehabilitation of the line from Mount Isa to Collinsville will not only enable production at Mount Isa to be developed in a most dramatic way, but will also vastly facilitate the development of the north of Queensland. In other words, we have regarded this as a project that will give a great opportunity for development in the whole of northern Queensland. Other matters will no doubt receive attention in due course, but on this occasion we concentrated our minds on this project, regarding it as a matter of major importance, and for the north of Queensland, as a matter of supreme importance.

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