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Thursday, 17 March 1904

Mr DEAKIN - In answer to the honorable member's questions, I have to say: -

1.   Communications were sent to the State Governments in 1901-2 suggesting that the Railway authorities should communicate with each other, with a view to the nearer assimilation of rates than then existed.

2.   It has now been suggested that a Conference is the only way of meeting the difficulty. The honorable the Minister for Home Affairs has requested that the attention of the States Governments be invited to the previous correspondence, and asked whether further consideration will be given to the matter.

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