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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - There is an item which strikes me as being rather curiously placed in this schedule. I refer to the item of £22,500 towards the cost of constructing the railway from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta.

Senator de Largie - That is a very cheap railway, I should think.

Senator MILLEN - Some persons think that it is a very dear one. On the noticepaper there is a Bill to ascertain whether or not the Senate is favorable to the construction of this railway, but before the Bill is passed we are asked to vote £22,500 towards the construction of the line. I do not wish to discuss the railway proposal now, but it does seem a little curious that, before we are asked to consent to its construction, we should be asked to vote this sum of £22,500.

Senator Pearce - I give my honorable friend this definite assurance, that if the Bill is rejected by the Senate, not a penny of this vote will be spent.

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