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Wednesday, 29 June 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Some time ago I raised the question of the break of gauge, and Iunderstand that the Government has appointed a committee of experts, ofwhom the chairmanwas to be brought from England or America, while the other members were to be Australian railway engineers. I saw in the press some timeago that the chairman had arrived, and that the Committee had begun their work. I do not expect the Minister to have the information at his finger-tips ; but I should like him to ascertain for me howfar the Committee have gone, and when there is a probability of getting their report. I have no doubt they are doing their work well and expeditiously, and I know that it is of great importance. I understand that when they do report they will practically tell the various Governments what the gauge should be for all the Australian railways. I trust that when the report is available, the various. Governments will make up their minds to adopt the gauge recommended by the Committee, because it would be of great advantage to the whole Commonwealth for the gauges of the railways in Australia to 'be made uniform.

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