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Tuesday, 22 November 1960

Mr MENZIES - Before the Western Australian Government brought to a head its negotiations with the steel company, its Premier and Mr. Court came to Canberra and had some discussion with me and with others about the matter. The Cabinet of the Commonwealth Government has had a look at the project. It is, of course, enormous and the railway operations involved are of great magnitude. It, therefore, requires a great deal of close examination, and we are putting that examination in hand. We will bring our consideration to a conclusion as soon as we can, but I ask the honorable member to realize that matters which run up to £30,000,000 or £40,000,000 and which involve a wholesale railway reconstruction cannot be lightly disposed of in a week or two.

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