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Wednesday, 9 June 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Aus tralia) . - I was hoping that Senator Payne would introduce some argument in support of his request; but he has concentrated his remarks upon the steam roller. My only object in rising is to say that Western Australia is using the very machine that Senator Payne has condemned. I refer to the super-Diesel oil engine. The Fremantle Tramways Board, too, has employed a similar machine for some time. The Burnie Council, in Tasmania, uses an Australiau road roller, although Senator Payne condemns it.

Senator Payne - I ask that Senator Needham be called upon to withdraw that statement. I did not condemn the Diesel or any other internal-combustion engine attached to road rollers.

Senator NEEDHAM - I willingly withdraw the remark ; but I consider that the honorable senator has made an indirect attack upon Australian-made machinery. He reminds me of the story of a man in his own State who objected to a certain railway being constructed there because it would mean that horses would be superseded. Any honorable senator who visits the Imperial Engine Works at Richmond, Victoria, will see super-Diesel road rollers being made by good Australian workmen. TheFerntree Gully Shire Council referring to these machines, states: -

The roller is doing excellent work, being used on a 9 and 10 per cent, grade. This is the first occasion on which a power-driven roller has succeeded in negotiating the narrow mountain road, although previous attempts have been made with, a steam roller. This Australian roller 'is costing £1 0s. 6d. per day, as compared with £2 10s. per day, which is the cost of the other imported roller. 1 hope that the committee will reject Senator Payne's request.

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