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Thursday, 10 June 1915

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I do not propose to discuss the question of sleepers, on which the honorable member for Wentworth is a far greater authority than I, but I have a word to say regarding the attempt of the Minister to evade the question to which I drew attention. I asked a very simple question; and I have been informed that since I spoke the Labour Conference at Adelaide has decided for the Government which way the railway shall go. I take it that the Government, having got its orders, will construct the railway in the direction decided upon. What I wish to discover is whether the Government will accept those orders literally, and construct the railway in a direct northerly course, or whether they will allow it to deviate to the east ?

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member is now discussing the main question.

Mr Mahon - We shall take the advice of railway experts, not that of political experts.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Government be guided by the advice of railway experts if that advice runs counter to the opinion of the Conference?

Mr Mahon - That remains to be seen.

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