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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator BADMAN (South Australia) .- Out of the £93,000 to be expended in the Northern Territory, is provision made for additional batteries at Tennant's Creek? Is it correct that the Government has already provided a batterythere and that difficulty is experienced in getting the ore to it?

Senator A.J. MCLACHLAN (South Australia - Postmaster-General [10.39] . -Included in the sum of £25,000 for the assistance and development of the metalliferous mining industry, is an amount of £15,500 for the purchase and installation of batteries, maintenance, &c. I am assured that the batteries are on order.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - In what way is thebalance of the vote allocated?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - An amount of £5,000 is provided for the development of the mining industry by means of advances to companies and prospectors, or miners; £2,000 for drilling plants and their maintenance and operations; and £2,500 for water supplies to mining fields. In addition, £20,387 is available under loan for the assistance and development of metalliferous mining industry in the Northern Territory.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Federal Capital Territory.

Pro posed vote, £363,631.

Sensitor COLLINGS (Queensland) [10.42].- I shall be obliged if the Post- master-General (Senator A. J. McLach- lan) will inform the committee what provisionis made this year for additional accommodiation for people who have to live here, and others who may desireto visit Canberra. Can he say howmuch money is setaside for improved housing of people who at present are living at Molonglo and the Causeway, whether provision is made for the 300 people who are unable to obtain proper accommodattion; andwhat is being done to rprevent the objectionable overcrowding atGorman House? It is essential that anadditional buildingshould be erected to accommodate at least 60 of the lowerpaid officers now resident at this hostel.

I havenocriticismto offer concerning theGovernment's proposals for expendi- ture in the FederalCapital Territory. I am delighted that the works contemplated are being proceeded with.

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