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Tuesday, 9 June 1903

Mr KIRWAN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I should like to know from the Prime Minister whether the interruptions complained of do not occur between Eucla and Port Augusta, on the South Australian portion of the telegraph line, and whether they are not due to the nearness of the telegraph wires to the sea? If that be so, will the Postmaster-General consider an additional method to that suggested by the honorable member for. South Australia, Sir Langdon Bonython, for improving the service, namely, the removal of the line further inland or the erection of an inland line, so as to get away from the climatic influences which now occasion the interruptions?

Sir EDMUND BARTON - I am not sufficiently in possession of the departmental facts to be able to answer the question without -notice, but if the honorable member will give notice of it I shall obtain the information for him.

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