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Wednesday, 16 June 1915

Mr ARCHIBALD - The answers to the honorable member's questions are - 1, 2, 3. Messrs. Cummins and Grant had a contract for earthworks and waterways in the western section of the line. They were not making the progress which the Department thought necessary, and delaying platelaying The supervising officers were pressing them to show greater results, which apparently they were unable to do. Finally, the contractors, finding themselves unable to make adequate progress, asked if the Commonwealth would allow them to terminate their contract; the Department to pay them for work actually done, and take over their plant at cost price. This was agreed to in the interests of speedy construction of the railway, and in view of the fact that the rest of the line was being done by departmental labour and the slow progress of the contractors hampered operations.

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