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Wednesday, 27 May 1914
Page: 1446

Senator GARDINER (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Hashe discovered whether the prices agreed to be paid to Mr. Teesdale Smith for formation of earthworks on the transcontinental railway are in excess of the prices paid by the South Australian Government for similar work?

2.   If so, is it due to this fact that the Assistant Minister decided to cancel the agreement to give Mr. Smith a further contract from the 122 to the 129-mile-post, which is stated to be almost exactly similar country to that covered by the first contract?

3.   If not, what were the reasons for such cancellation?

Senator McCOLL - The answers are -

1.   Inquiries from the South AustralianRailways have substantiated the Minister's statement in another place that the schedule prices paid to Mr. Teesdale Smith by the Commonwealth were the same, with deductions, as were paid by South Australia to Mr. Teesdale Smith on the Minippa-Decrees Bay railway.

2.   The Minister made no such agreement with Mr. Teesdale Smith.

3.   See answer to No. 2.

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