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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator NEWLANDS (South Australia) . - I hope that the Committee will not fall into the trap set by Senator Senior, who, in support of his amendment to reduce the proposed penalty, has spoken of a goat trespassing on a railway, but has carefully refrained from mentioning what might happen if a bullock or camel did so. My railway experience would lead me to suggest that the penalty, if altered at all, should be increased from £5 to £10, ' or £20. I know what have been the consequences to life of the straying of animals on a railway line. I know, too, the inconvenience that has arisen from the carelessness of persons who, seeing a bit of good feed along a railway line, have allowed their animals to depasture thereon. Straying animals add tremendously to the risk of railway travelling. I have known a cowcatcher to mount over two or three sheep lying at night on a railway line, with the result that the engine has been derailed. Railway accidents occur very often from simple causes, and the consequences are sometimes very disastrous.

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