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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) (3:40 AM) . - I should like to ask the Government what are the respective proportions which the various Governments concerned will contribute towards the Pacific Cable. It appears to me that the growth of wireless will in time render the present cable system practically obsolete, at any rate in regard to moderate distances, such as that between Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, it is rather a risky experiment to lay out money on new cables. Another point which I should like to mention is that I believe that the part of the Pacific

Ocean- to be traversed by- this cable hasbeen named the Tasman Sea. That nameis not mentioned in. the Bill.

Senator Stewart - What will this work, cost?

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