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Wednesday, 27 July 1904
Wednesday, 27 July 1904

The Speaker took the chair at 2.30 p.m., and read prayers.


Mr. SPEAKERreported the receipt of messages from His Excellency the GovernorGeneral, recommending that an appropriation be made from the Consolidated Revenue for the purposes of the following Bills : -

Supply (No. 2).

Further Supplementary Appropriation Bill (1902-3).


Mr. CARPENTER.-I wish to know from the Minister of Home Affairs if he will obtain, and have printed for the information of honorable members, the report presented to the Government of Western Australia by the engineer sent out by them to' prospect for water on the route of the posed Transcontinental Railway, The portion of . the report to- which I particularly direct his attention is that which states that the engineer traversed some 10,000,000 acres of good - pastoral country, which, if water were provided, would be suitable, for settlement, and that his expedition demonstrated beyond all doubt that artesian water can be obtained, he himself having opened up a bore which gives a supply of some 70,000 gallons per diem.

Mr. BATCHELOR.- I will ask the Prime Minister to communicate with the Premier of Western Australia, with a view to having the report placed at the disposal of the House. We may be able to obtain enough copies of it to make re-printing unnecessary.

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