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Thursday, 14 April 1904


Sir JOHN FORREST (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home Affairs) - I am aware that these Conferences have either met or are about to meet in Sydney. On the 4th August, 1902, the Prime Minister of the day communicated with the Premiers of the States on1 the subject of preferential railway rates, without any' definite result, and on 23rd March last a further communication was addressed to them by this . Government, asking for information as to the instances in which preferential or differential rates are imposed; but with the exception of an acknowledgment, and in some cases of a promise to have the matter looked into,' nothing has come of our action. I see no objection to the Premiers of the States being again addressed upon the subject, and' requested to consider whether it is not advisable for them to bring the matter under the notice of the members of these Conferences. I shall have very much pleasure in moving the Prime Minister in that direction.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - At once?


Sir JOHN FORREST - At once.







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