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Thursday, 10 June 1915

Mr MAHON (Kalgoorlie) (Minister of External Affairs) .- In the most favorable circumstances the development of a mine is, as every one who has had anything to do with mining knows, a slow process. The work of sinking shafts and cutting drives and tunnels cannot be done in a week or two, and we must be satisfied to go slowly, particularly in a territory where transportation is impossible during a large portion of the year. Although the sum of £25,270 seems large, £15,000 will probably be repaid to the Department, because for every £1 we advance by way of subsidy to a mining company we take absolute security of the mine and plant for its repayment.

Mr Joseph Cook - I would not care if there was no return to the Department so long as there was development.

Mr MAHON - As I have said, the estimate of expenditure is not large when this £15,000 is considered, and also the item of £6,000 for boring plants for water supply.

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