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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - It is rather premature to talk about appointing a railway commissioner yet, seeing that, upon the Port Augusta to Oodnadatta line, a train is run only once a fortnight. The suggestion reminds me of the alleged American army which was composed mostly of colonels.

Senator Millen - Could not the railway commissioner drive the engine?

Senator PEARCE - That is a suggestion which is well worthy of consideration. When we have constructed the railway to Western Australia, and the line from Oodnadatta to Pine Creek, the suggestion of Senator Walker will come within the region of practical politics. At present, the railway from Port Augusta to Oodnadatta is being run under the supervision of a railway superintendent.

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