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Wednesday, 7 December 1927

Senator REID (Queensland) .- I have no grievances to ventilate under this item. I merely wish to say that honorable senators should be proud to learn from the report of the Commissioner of Commonwealth Railways that the transAustralian line is commencing to pay expenses. By the end of next year, if the present rate of progress is maintained, there ought to be a return on the amount invested. That is in large measure due to the able management of the Commissioner. It is a gratifying position considering the long stretch of poor country which the line traverses, and the small consignments of goods that are forwarded by it on account of the fact that there is so little settlement along the route. It is especially pleasing, also, as the States are unable to show a credit balance, despite the fact that they have large populations and plenty of freight upon which to draw for their revenue.

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