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Wednesday, 10 June 1903

Mr KIRWAN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister re presenting the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Whether the attention of the PostmasterGeneral has been drawn to the frequent interruptions of business on the overland telegraph line between Port Augusta and Perth ?

2.   Whether the interruptions invariably occur in South Australian territory ?

3.   Whether the interruptions are due to climatic influences by reason of the proximity of the line to the sea in various places in South Australia?

4.   Whether, as the Western Australian Government before federation erected on inland telegraph line to remove the cause of the interruptions, the Federal Government propose to take similar action to obviate the interruptions in South Australia ?

5.   Whether, pending the completion of the necessary work to. prevent the interruptions, there is any means under consideration for temporarily overcoming the delays and inconveniences to telegraphic business between Western Australia and the other States Of the Commonwealth?

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