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Wednesday, 19 May 1915

Mr JOHN THOMSON (for Mr. Austin Chapman) asked the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

What steps are being taken to open up the Federal port at Jervis Bay, and to construct the railway from Yass to Canberra and Jervis Bay?

Mr ARCHIBALD - The answer to the honorable member's question is -

Consultations in regard to a proposal for a joint Federal and State port at Jervis Bay are in progress.

In regard to the railway, trial surveys over the Federal and State lands have been completed; but in view of heavy expenditure in defence and other directions, and the existing railway connexion with Queanbeyan, further action has not been taken.

With respect to the Canberra- Jervis Bay railway, trial surveys have been completed, and plans and estimate of cost are nearly finished.

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