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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator TURLEY (Queensland) - The Minister, in moving the second reading of- this Bill, gave us no information, so that honorable senators must be very much in the dark as to the way in which the proposed votes are to be expended. I desire some information regarding the item of "Quarantine?' which appears in the division relating to the Department of Home Affairs. I wish to know whether the proposed vote is to be devoted to the erection of new stations, or to keeping in order those already in existence. Some work in this direction, I understand, has been carried on in North Queensland, but I have not been able to ascertain full particulars in regard to it. In the ; same division, we are asked also to agree to a proposed vote of £5,000 for lighthouses. We have been told, from time to time, in answer to questions, that certain vessels have been purchased, and that it is proposed to push on with the work of lighting the Australian coast. It is only a little more than a week ago that I was informed that the Lighthouses Act of' 1911 had not yet been proclaimed. I should like to have some information on this subject?

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