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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question to the Treasurer is supplementary to that asked by the honorable member for Lilley. I ask the right honorable gentleman: Why is the Commonwealth Government lending only two-thirds of the sum needed to re-build the Mount Isa railway line and requiring the whole of the loan to be repaid in twenty years, whereas the Commonwealth Government has granted the full amount needed - about £17,000,000- to build a new line from Albury to Melbourne and to broaden the South Australian lines, and requires the States concerned to repay only three-tenths of the loans over a period of 50 years?

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