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Wednesday, 2 June 1915

Mr TUDOR - The answers to the honorable member's questions are -

1.   As the business of the Commonwealth did not permit of the Minister leaving for so long as a visit to Kalgoorlie involved, Mr. Costello came to Melbourne on the invitation of the Government to discuss, as representative of the men, certain matters which were in dispute between the Commonwealth and their employees on the railway, thus including, amongst other things, the speed of platelaying. 2 and 3. Yes; Mr. Costello was reimbursed his expenses incurred in coming to Melbourne, as he had come at the invitation of and to meet the convenience of the Government. The arrangement was an economical one for the Commonwealth, as it would have been more expensive for the Minister and an officer to have visited Western Australia. The amount was £49.

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